IMI mulls offshore campus at China's Sichuan province
KOLKATA: International Management Institute (IMI) Kolkata is planning to set up its offshore campus at Chengdu in Sichuan province of China.
"We are in talks with the Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences for collaboration to commence an MBA course on our proposed offshore campus. Our focus will be on management and business research," said Arindam Banik, director of IMI Kolkata.
The Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences has been playing a major role as a think tank and idea treasury in the social and economic development of Sichuan Province.
Banik said various proposals pertaining to the collaboration are being finalised. "The Chinese students interested in studying MBA course under IIM will have to do a yearly language course before taking up MBA on the proposed campus. The medium of instruction will be English," he added.
IMI presently has three campuses — Kolkata, Bhubaneshwar and Delhi. Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences, which was founded in 1978, has been currently developed into a research base and centre of philosophy and social sciences with a wide range of subjects, reasonable talent structure, distinctive academic features and outstanding scientific research achievements in Sichuan Province.
Talking about another major initiative, Banik said IMI is also working on a plan to impart training in English to as many as 70,000 teachers of Bangladesh, including both primary and secondary school teachers. The Bangladesh government had approached Asian Development Bank (ADB) for loan and has been allocated Rs 179 crore for the purpose of scaling the English communication skills of their teachers. "They are in search of an ideal institute and we are in talks for finalising the modalities. The training on communication skills will lay emphasis on the use of technology for teaching," Banik said. The training will be in batches, phase-wise.
IMI Kolkata that presently runs a two year PGDM course is planning to start an Executive MBA programme from 2019 and MBA in Entrepreneurship from 2020.