Kozhikode : The Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode, (IIMK) and the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) recently signed a landmark memorandum of understanding (MoU) for academic collaboration for promoting excellence in common areas of interest, imparting knowledge and skills required to operate in the area of academic programmes, research and training. The MoU was signed between Chief Administrative Officer, IIMK, Lt. Col. M. Julius George (Retd.) and CS Devendra V Deshpande, President ICSI in the presence of Prof. Debashis Chatterjee Director IIM Kozhikode and Prof. G Sridhar, Dean (Executive Education) and office bearers of ICSI.
The MoU would broadly cover the activities like conducting specialized training Programmes, jointly organising workshops, seminars; continuing education and training programmes and similar academic programmes for practising professionals, corporate executives, faculty members, research scholars and students of both the institutes on themes of topical and professional interests. It will also facilitate exchange of faculty members and journals, regular exchange of course materials, case studies, research publications and other academic and research projects. Besides this, the MoU also paves the way to award the toppers of programmes of IIM Kozhikode with ICSI Signature Award Gold Medal and a scholarship to pursue the Company Secretary Course.
Speaking after the signing of the historic MoU, Prof. Chatterjee, expressed his delight and shared “MoU is a definitive chapter in coming together of two leading professional institutes in the country to propel the next generation of thought leaders. Collaborations as such bring the best of business and technical knowhow and are fundamental to promoting research, training and academics to overcome the global skill gap. IIM Kozhikode is privileged to play its part in nation building and training the best of the best in the Silver Jubilee year of our academic journey.”
CS Devendra V Deshpande, added that both the institutions are looking forward for academic enrichment and development through knowledge sharing by virtue of this collaboration and it will augment the profession of Company Secretaries to greater heights in the country.