GAYA: With the three member team from IIM, Kolkatta, the mentor institute for the proposed IIM visiting Gaya on Wednesday to inspect facilities in the Magadh University, the temporary campus of the prestigious business school, stage is set for the introduction of quality teaching in business management.
The first batch of Management students is likely to begin in July-August 2015. Admission process for the first batch of 60 students is likely to be completed in the next couple of weeks. The selection is to be made from amongst the successful candidates who cleared the Combined Admission Test, the result of which was announced in Feb’2015.
The three member team from IIM, Kolkatta, the mentor for IIM Gaya comprised IIM, its Director Shaiwal Chattopadhyay, Financial Adviser Piyush Mehta and Mahesh Patnair, the Civil Engineering Expert. Bihar govt Education Dy Director S Ranjan accompanied the team.
The team members visited the proposed teaching area, hostel and administrative block. Whereas two floors of the Directorate of Distance Education are being temporarily transferred to IIM for its office and class room use, hostel no. 6 of the university has been renovated for the first batch of IIM students. Faculty members will initially be accommodated in the university guest house.
The team also visited the university library and had an overview of the sprawling campus. The IIM will get its own campus developed over 119 acres of land being given by the Magadh University from its own sprawling campus.
The team members discussed the modalities of the temporary transfer of the Directorate Distance Education building and hostel no. 6 with university officials including Registrar Sushil Singh, Director, Distance Education Israil Khan and Dean Students Welfare Sita Ram Singh. MU VC Prof Md Ishtiaq was out of the head quarter for an official meet in the Raj Bhawan.
According to Israil Khan, the IIM team has asked the university officials to renovate the guest house and make it state of the art and convert the two seater rooms in single seater rooms as each student will be allotted a separate room. The girls will be accommodated in the Girls Hostel being constructed from the UGC fund.
The decision to set up an IIM in Bihar was announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his maiden budget speech in 2014.
Gaya’s finalisation as the new IIM address preceded sharp differences between the Bihar govt and the Union HRD Ministry. Whereas, from day one, Bihar govt favoured Gaya as the IIM location, Union HRD ministry wanted the institute to be set up somewhere near the state capital. Ultimately HRD Minister Smriti Irani vetted the idea to set up the institute in Gaya.