Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad

This article is about a management institute in Ahmedabad, India. For the similarly named institutes, see Indian Institute of Management.
Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad
भारतीय प्रबंध संस्थान अहमदाबाद
Motto विद्याविनियोगाद्विकास:
Motto in English
Progress Through the Application of Knowledge
Type Public business school
Established 1961
Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla[1] (2016–present)
Dean Shailesh Gandhi (Programmes),Errol D'Souza (Faculty), Arvind Sahay (Alumni & External Relations)[2]
Director Ashish Nanda[3]
Students 405: PGP (2016–18)
45: PGP – ABM (2013–15)
90: PGPX (2016–17)[4]
Location Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
23°01′54″N 72°32′11″E / 23.031661°N 72.536325°E / 23.031661; 72.536325Coordinates: 23°01′54″N 72°32′11″E / 23.031661°N 72.536325°E / 23.031661; 72.536325
Campus Urban, 106 acres (0.43 km2)[5][6]

The Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM Ahmedabad or IIM-A) is a public business school located in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. It was the second Indian Institute of Management (IIM) to be established, after IIM Calcutta.[7] It is consistently ranked as one of the leading business schools in India and the Asia-Pacific region.[8][9][10]

Established in 1961, the institute offers Post Graduate Diploma Programmes in Management and Agri-Business Management, a Fellowship Programme and a number of Executive Training Programmes.[11] The institute is often referred to as WIMWI (Well-known Institute of Management in Western India).


Vikram Sarabhai, the founding director of IIM Ahmedabad

The Indian Institutes of Management were established in response to the growing need for educating professional managers who could efficiently manage India's growing industries. They were established with the objectives of providing both management education and assisting the industry through research and consulting services.[12]

IIM Ahmedabad was the second IIM to be set up in the country after IIM Calcutta. It was established on 11 December 1961 with the active support of the Government of India, the Government of Gujarat and the industry. The physicist Vikram Sarabhai and businessman Kasturbhai Lalbhai, both natives of Ahmedabad, played pivotal roles in setting up the Institute. The institute's Kasturbhai Lalbhai Management Development Centre and a Kasturbhai Lalbhai Chair in Entrepreneurship are named in his honour. The management educator Ravi J. Matthai and several other Ahmedabad-based industrialists also played a major role in its creation.[13][14][15][16]


The institute's main building was designed by American architect Louis Kahn. The New Campus, an extension stemming from growing needs of the institute, and an underpass connecting the two campuses, has been designed by Bimal Patel.[17]


Like other IIMs, IIM Ahmedabad currently offers diplomas in management, not degrees. IIMs have not been set up as universities through an act of Parliament but as charitable societies. IIMs lack regular peer-based academic review of their departments/areas, an oversight proposed to be corrected by legislation governing all 19 IIMs after the Ministry of Human Resource Development rejected IIM Bangalore's plans to award degrees.[18] It offers following full-time post graduate programmes:[11]

Louis Kahn Plaza, IIM, Ahmedabad

In addition to above IIMA also provides other education programmes such as :[11]

The fee for two year post-graduate programs earlier was Rs 18.50 Lakh. From 2016-18 batch, the fee has been revised to Rs 19.50 Lakh for the programs.


The Institute's first Director was the Indian physicist Vikram Sarabhai. The Director as of 2016 is Ashish Nanda.


In the 1960s the institute's first faculty dismissal took place for plagiarising verbatim an article from a German journal which that faculty member had access to.[20] On 29 June 1992 a student complained to the Director IIM-A that a textbook authored by Institute professors had been simply lifted from three other books. On enquiry a Committee found copying without acknowledgment of the source from least 5 foreign books and some other Indian books.[21] In the 3rd such instance of alleged plagiarism,[22] around 21 March 2012, 5 IIM-A professors were accused of plagiarism a fortnight after the Gujarat High Court had directed a fresh inquiry into earlier plagiarism allegations.[23][24] Two of the professors holding key posts had offered to step down until the enquiry was completed.[25] In July 2012 IIM sources claimed the inquiry report exonerating some of these professors was deliberately withheld (and not formally placed on the Institute records) since three of the four professors who were accused of plagiarism were potential candidates for the director's post and could be considered only after the allegations are found to be baseless.[26]

In 2005-06 five students were found to have used the work of others without giving credit. They were caught and made to repeat a year.[22][27]

Institute rankings
Business – international
The Economist[28] 56
QS (MBA-Asian)[29] 2
Financial Times (MBA)[30] 26
Business – India
NIRF- MHRD[31][32] 2
Business Today[33] 1
Hindustan Times[34] 1
CNBC-TV18[35] 1
Careers360[36] 2


Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia performing at Chaos 2009

IIM Ahmedabad is the premier business school in India. The Financial Times has ranked IIM Ahmedabad's PGP programme at #15 in its Masters in Management Ranking 2015[37] and PGPX programme at #24 in its Global MBA Ranking 2016.[38] IIM-A is the only Indian institute listed by The Economist in its 2015 Full-time B-school ranking, at #60.[39]

In India, IIM Ahmedabad is ranked #1 by Business Today 2015,[40] Outlook India 2015,[41] India Today 2015,[42] The Hindu BusinessLine-MBA Universe 2016[43] and Business World 2015.[44] IIM-A is ranked #2 by National Institutional Ranking Framework published by Ministry of Human Resource Development in April 2016[45]


Currently it mentors Indian Institute of Management Nagpur from its establishment in 2015. IIM Nagpur operates from temporary campus inside VNIT. It follows similar PGP program[46] with faculty[47] coming from IIM Ahmedabad.[48][49]


Student events include Confluence, an international management symposium organised in the month of November,[50] and ConneXion, an annual event organized by the one year Post-Graduate Program in Management for Executives (PGPX) students.[51] Other events include Chaos, an annual culfest, Sangharsh, an inter-IIM sports tournament and Insight, a market research event.[52][53] Its Finance & Investments Club, BETA organises a financial services focused event titled 'Exchequer' which in its 2011 edition saw Nilesh Shah, President of Corporate Banking at Axis Bank speaking with the students. It is also responsible for IIM Ahmedabad's annual flagship publication, 'The Efficient Frontier'.[54][55][56][57]


Confluence is the annual international management symposium hosted by IIM Ahmedabad. This flagship event was started in 1999.[58]

The flagship events at Confluence include Masterplan, the business plan competition; Bizquizzitive, a business quiz event; Mouse Trap, a business simulation event and Corporate Combat, a business strategy simulation event[59] The speaker series at Confluence has seen eminent speakers in the past including Ratan Tata, Vijay Mallya, Mukesh Ambani, Kiran Bedi, Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chandrababu Naidu, Rakesh Sharma etc.[60][61]


Chaos is the annual cultural festival of IIMA and one of the biggest in the region.[62] Its yearly editions have been centred on themes like diversity, colour or going green.[62] The cultural festivities draws footfalls of around 50,000 visitors in the four days of revelry and participation from institutes across the country.[63] ProNites are especially a huge success with a large number of top class artists coming and performing on one stage.[62]

In the past, Chaos has witnessed musical performances by Jagjit Singh, Amaan and Ayaan Ali, Shankar Ehsaan Loy to name a few.[63][64] The 2012 edition hosted a variety of events including an online treasure hunt, fashion shows, rock competitions, and contests of dance, drama, fine arts and quizzing.[64]


Insight is the annual Market Research festival of IIMA and is one of the oldest events organised by the institute.[65] Insight is known for its application of innovative marketing research tools.[66]


ConneXions is the flagship event for the PGPX program at IIMA. It is a knowledge summit that epitomizes the vibrancy and buzz of a business school. ConneXions has seen a lot of eminent speakers from the industry including Suresh Prabhu, Kiran Karnik, Ramaswami Balasubramaniam, Ram Sewak Sharma, Tamal Bandyopadhyay, Shyam Srinivasan etc.

The theme for ConneXions 2016 is : Transforming India: Ideas to Implementation.


Many alumni from the institute have made a name for themselves.[67] Among BSE 500 CEOs with MBA, the highest proportion come from IIM Ahmedabad.[68]

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