Kozhikode: Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIMK) completes twenty two years of academic excellence, today on August 21, 2018. As part of the 23rd anniversary celebrations, Kiran Bedi, Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, IPS (Retd) delivered the 23rd Foundation Day lecture. IIMK known to create history marks a significant milestone on this foundation day. IIM Kozhikode has decided to create 60 additional seats exclusively for women in their prestigious postgraduate programme in management (PGP) from the next academic year. These seats will be supernumerary and will not affect the chance of candidates in existing seats.
Selection to these seats for women will be based on a separate application and selection process to identify exceptional performers with potential for leadership positions in the industry. Institute will be following the prevailing reservation norms for socially disadvantaged communities.
Prof. Debashis Chatterjee, Director, IIM Kozhikode said that the affirmative action is in line IIM Kozhikode’s legacy of enabling increased participation of women in leadership positions in the industry and the community. IIM Kozhikode had earlier pioneered a bold initiative to enhance the number of women in its academic programme which started with an unprecedented 30% women admitted to the batch during the year 2010 which increased to a historic high of nearly 54 per cent for the 2013 admissions. This was very well received by the recruiters and translated to a better performance in placements as several leading firms were looking at enhancing the participation of women in the managerial cadre.
Subsequently, all the other IIMs had followed this policy thereby substantially increasing the opportunities for women in the national institutions. Now IIM Kozhikode has announced another path-breaking initiative.
Prof. Chatterjee said that he hoped this initiative would help in attracting some of the brightest talents to the campus.
Delivering the Foundation Day lecture Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi encouraged the students to build their foundation by living each day to the fullest, prepare for the unexpected and be grateful for the present.
Founded in 1996, IIMK was the 5th IIM set up by the Government of India. The Institute has grown significantly in its intellectual output, students, resources and infrastructure in these years. The institute was ranked #6 among all management schools in the recent 2018 NIRF rankings for higher education launched by the Ministry of Human Resources Development in 2016.
Starting in 1997 with a batch of 42 students in its Post Graduate Programme (PGP), IIMK is on a high growth trajectory today. PGP student’s intake for 2018 was 420 students i.e., 10 times increase in 22 years thus making it one of the fastest growing management school in the country. Additionally, IIMK is successfully mentoring IIM Amritsar, the 15th IIM in the country, since October 2014.
Some of the notable highlights in the last two decades are: Setting up IIMK LIVE (Laboratory for Innovation, Venturing and Entrepreneurship) with the support of Department of Science and Technology, Government of India to create a National Centre of Excellence; incubation of a Centre of Excellence jointly with Government of Kerala, one of its kinds in India, to help the Scheduled Castes/Tribes students overcome their deficiencies in communication and personality; pioneered Interactive Distance Learning for working executives in India; accreditation from London-based AMBA for its PGP and Executive PGP; raising women enrolment to over 30%, thereby setting trend for other management schools; opened the first Indian Business Museum in 2013, acknowledging the contribution of India’s business leaders in the making of Corporate India.
IIMK has achieved academic rigour, research focus and education excellence making brand IIM Kozhikode a household name in India.