IIM-C makes pitch for global certification

Ayan Pramanik Kolkata | Updated on January 30, 2014

Global accreditations to help attract exchange scholars

Indian Institute of Management-Calcutta (IIMC) is pitching for international accreditations to attract foreign students for full-time courses beginning next year.

IIMC has an exchange programme for global students during the fifth term of a full-time course. The exchange programme can be of a maximum duration of three-and-a-half months.

Students of IIMC currently go on exchange programmes to 58 global business schools and CEMS, a club of European management schools. While around 80 foreign students came this year to IIMC, close to 110 students of IIMC went to the partner schools and CEMS.

According to Anindya Sen, Dean, Academic, IIMC, the institute has approached UK-based Association of MBAs (AMBA) and US-based Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) for accreditations. Both are prominent international authorities that recognize business programmes across various countries. “We expect to get global accreditations by the end of this year. Once you get accreditations, global students become more confident. I think this will enable us to get more students for full time courses,” Sen told Business Line in an interview.


But, according to Sen, there are a few constraints too. Proper infrastructure for such students is yet to be developed at the IIMC campus. “There is already so much competition among the domestic students. So, if we take more international students it may not go down well with the Indian students, since we only have a fixed number of seats,” Sen said.

IIMC is simultaneously working out alternative plans to create packages, including internship, for a period of up to six months for global students.

“We are also looking into possibilities where global students come and do internship along with the courses. We have had a Japanese student who pursued a course here and went to Mumbai for internship,” Sen pointed out.

Asked about the possible criteria for such students to enrol for full-time courses, Sen said the institute was still working out procedures. “If we want to bring in students from abroad, we have to ensure that they can take CAT from abroad, which is not possible now,” he said.

IIMC will, however, not make a completely different programme to suit the global students, Sen added.

Published on January 30, 2014

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