From the Annapurna Temple, we headed towards our next destination which is considered to be one of the top 10 premier institutes of the country and is known as the Indian Institute of Management,
Indore. The local residents and the students refer to it as the IIM-I. There is no doubt about the fact that almost every Indian child grows up with a dream of studying in some IIT or IIM. But
only a few students succeed in fulfilling those dreams.
For those who don’t know, IIM is a public autonomous B-School spread over different corners of the country such as Kolkata, Shillong, Kozhikode, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Calicut, Lucknow, Udaipur, Rohtak, Raipur, Ranchi, Vishakapatnam, Nagpur, Kashipur and of course Indore.
This prestigious group of management schools was the brainchild of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, according to recommendations of the then Planning Commission. The first sight of the massive management college left us amused. It was designed with a touch of history in order to reflect the true colour of Indore.
We came to know that IIM Indore was founded in the year 1996 as the sixth member of the IIM family. The first one to be established was IIM Calcutta in 1996 which was followed by IIM Ahmedabad in
1963, IIM Bangalore in 1972, IIM Lucknow in 1984 and IIM Kozhikode in 1996.
One of the most attractive features of IIM Indore is its famous two year residential (full time) PGP (Post Graduate Programme) in Management at Ras al-Khaimah in UAE. It started this operation in
2011 and became the first member of the IIM family to do so. The step was taken in line with IIM Indore’s aim of transforming itself into a genuinely international B-School. The campus at
Ras-al-gul was shifted to Dubai in 2013 but the operations came to a halt in the year 2014. Another unique course facility offered by IIM Indore is the two year non residential (full time) PGP in
Management in Mumbai since 2012. This is a vital step because no other member of the IIM family has left a mark in India’s financial capital till date.