IIM-C Students Exchange Programme Gathers Momentum

Updated: Jul 27 2002, 05:30am hrs
The Indian Institute of Managements, Calcutta, student exchange programme is set to double this year and as many as 50 students have been shortlisted from the institute to travel abroad. IIM-C has also doubled its tie-ups with foreign universities in the year 2002 for the programme.

The student exchange programme (STEP) at IIM-C was formed last year with the objective of exposing and attuning students with new cultures and business practices apart from its own.

This year, IIM-C has also raised the number of tie-ups from ten to twenty. The new universities in IIM-Cs list include European Business School- frankfurt, Solvany Business School- Brussels, Belgium and Bordeaux Business School- France.

According to professor BB Chakraborty, faculty in-charge of STEP in IIM-C, the exchange programmes are not merely measures to glorify the image of IIM-C.

The STEP initiative aims to provide the students with a wide choice of management schools for the exchange programmes. This provides flexibility to the students to match their requirement of the courses when they have such wide choices of universities. The diversity in the incoming students will give a wider exposure to the students, Professor Chakraborty feels.

STEPs scope is not limited to student exchange programmes alone. Faculty exchange programmes, research collaborations and devising and offering new courses are also part of the initiative.

Senior students of IIM-C plays a key role in determining the students who will finally make it through in the exchange programme.

The students are selected from PGP and FPM courses and are selected on the basis of feedback sent by their seniors. IIM-Cs tie-up for the exchange is however restricted for the fifth term of the current academic calendar and spans from September to December 2002. The students too are upbeat about their new assignment abroad.

Abhishek Panthri who is slated to go to Copenhagen under the student exchange programme says, Its a very interesting assignment and I am looking forward to it. An assignment like this will help us to become global managers of tomorrow.