The Exemplary 21st Century Campus
International Management Institute (IMI) Bhubaneswar, an institution known for its intellectual capital, carries forward the torch of IMI, Delhi. A constituent of the industrial house RP-Sanjiv Goenka group, the institution has eminent faculty on its roll who have graduated from IITs, IIMs and other premium institutions of the country. The contingent of core faculty led by Prof. Ramesh Behl, Director, IMI is reinforced by faculty from IMI, Delhi who regularly offer multiple courses. The intellectual capital is supplemented by the surreal learning ambience. "Good resources infuse a level of mental peace and satisfaction in students to inhabit the learning environment. It not only stimulates learning but also helps in better comprehension at the students' end," says Prof. Ramesh Behl. An infrastructure, which has all the required facilities, helps teachers deliver more effectively facilitating delivery of quality education and IMI never compromises on quality.
IMI, Bhubaneswar has a world-class sprawling, brand new and fully residential campus of 16 acres. The aesthetically designed exteriors, wide-open spaces and large well-appointed Classrooms, syndicate rooms, multi-use Auditoriums, state-of-the-art Library, Computer Centre and self-sufficient MDP Centre with AC Lecture and Seminar Halls are truly the hallmark of the new campus. In short, with cutting-edge technology blending effortlessly with serene and verdant surroundings, the ambience at IMI, Bhubaneswar is truly outstanding and highly conducive for learning. With a capacity to accommodate over 70 students, the Wi-Fi enabled lecture halls have access to the latest presentation equipment such as DLP multimedia projectors, laptops and state-of-the-art audio system. These provide a unique and complete classroom experience for the students.
The newly built Bhubaneswar campus became operational in 2011 and is another campus of IMI, Delhi that was established in collaboration with IMI Geneva (now IMD Lausanne) in 1981. The institute is in the process of inking MoUs with some reputed institutions like Copenhagen Business School, Denmark and University of Waikato, New Zealand. Senior Professors from both these institutes visited IMI, Bhubaneswar campus recently in this regard and interacted with the faculty and students to explore the possibility of international collaborations. The institute also invites the faculties and experts from national and international institutes and industries respectively to disseminate their knowledge and experiences from their respective areas of expertise to the students and sensitize them with the global environment.
"The academic rigor is ensured through a curriculum developed after due diligence and vetted by patrons from industry. The curriculum for each course offered is shared with the students prior to the start of the semester. It is followed with dedication to ensure significant value addition," says Prof. Ramesh Behl. The faculties of IMI use case method of teaching and simulations frequently to develop a dialogue with the students. Along with that, the institute provides an intensive corporate grooming where top corporate thought leadership from the country and abroad visit the institute regularly. They deliver guest lectures, chair knowledge sessions, or preside over workshops to prepare students to be corporate ready and make them employable. As a result, the State Government of Odisha acknowledged this campus as a premier institution from where Odisha Government would recruit management graduates for the state Public Sector Units (PSUs).
The institute also trains the students in domain knowledge and grooms them in soft skills, which enhances the competence of students. "Our rigorous teaching pedagogy exposes them to managerial challenges even before they pass out. Their participation and management of various clubs and activities, including placements and admissions, puts them on better footing in front of the interview board," adds Prof. Ramesh Behl. With all the efforts, the institute's placement figures approach almost 100 percent. IMRB, Capgemini, ADP, Havells, Saregama, Phillips Carbon, First Source, Kotak Securities, Spencers Retail, Toyota Tsusho, Mahindra Finance are some of the companies, which recruited their future employees from this new generation campus.
While observing the campus in detail, it is evident that the management does not compromise on quality. From selecting the location to setting up the curriculum and bringing in the experienced faculty on board, the touch of professionalism is well perceptible. With many more miles to go, a campus like IMI, Bhubaneswar is the need of 21st century.
Industry and the Institute
IMI is India's first corporate sponsored institution established with support from RPG Enterprises, Nestle, ITC, SAIL, Tata Chemical, BOC, Williamson Magor and many more. The Bhubaneswar campus carries forward this golden tradition. The institute regularly invites industry experts to share their experiences with students for each course. More than 50 top executives belonging to various industries visit the campus annually to share their experiences with the students. IMI, Bhubaneswar campus pass-out students are also part of a 4000-strong alumni network of IMI called "Achievers," comprising of CEOs and VPs of various companies (Ranbaxy, Arvato, Indus Towers, Yes Bank to name a few), who are regularly invited for interaction.
Prof. Ramesh Behl
Prof. Behl is the Director and Professor of Information Systems at International Management Institute. With twenty-nine years of teaching, research and consulting experience in the area of Information Technology and e-Business, he has authored eighteen books, fifteen case studies and more than forty five research papers of national and international repute. He is an internationally acclaimed SAP consultant and trainer, and has received numerous awards for his valuable services to the education sector.