IIM-C Looks North East To Help In Region Development

Updated: Nov 8 2003, 05:30am hrs
The Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, (IIM-C) is planning to undertake a big-time development plan for the north east states soon. The B-school will, for the first time, take up an assignment on such a massive scale which is seen as an effort to set a benchmark among other B-schools.

Last week, IIM-C has received a suggestion to this regard from Mizoram governor AR Kohli, who visited the IIM-C campus to deliver a lecture. The governor, who is also an IIM-C alumnus from the very first batch and graduated from there 40 years ago, had met the institutes faculty and suggested it to take up the initiative that will clearly give it an edge over other B-schools.

IIM-C Dean Prof BN Srivastava said that the institute is giving the proposal a serious thought and will soon communicate with the communication departments of the north-eastern states, to begin with. The Mizoram governor in his capacity has advised us about the plan and also suggested on how we might implement it. We are serious about the proposal as he is our well wisher and also an alumnus from the first batch, Prof. Srivastava said.

IIM-C has been involved in the development of the north-eastern region and in the last 2-3 years has worked with the North Eastern Development Council on various projects. According to Prof Srivastava, the B-school has also worked on Planning Commission spo-nsored projects in the areas of education, textiles & handicra-fts for different north-eastern states.

He also said IIM-C will mobilise resources from its pool of alumni and faculty for the implementation of the plan.

Addressing the students at IIM-C, Mr Kohli said that North East had a big untapped potential that needs to be harnessed. He called on the students to take a note of it and said that the spate of terrorism there is a direct fallout of unemployment. He said gradually women in the region were getting very proactive these days.

On what the institute should do in order to dispel the perception that IIM-C is lagging behind other B-schools, Mr Kohli said IIM-C was once famous for the quantitative methods that clearly gave it an edge over other B-schools but due to various reasons it is believed that it is not the same anymore in spite of having inherent strengths. To come out with a development plan for the North East and then implementing it would be a bold initiative for the institute, he said.