The central site selection team was not much impressed with the earlier proposed 100+ acres Permanent campus site of IIM Amritsar at Awana and therefore chose to visit the alternate sites again on June 18, 2015. The team has selected and recommended the much nearer 60 acres site to main Amritsar city near Manawala.
The site selection Central team comprising Shailender Kumar from Union HRD Ministry, IIM Kozhikode Director Kulbhushan Balooni, C Raul, Principal Secretary, Higher Education, Punjab government, and representative of CPWD visited and has recommended the 60 acres site located at about 5 Kms from City limits at Nijjerpura and Rakh Cheetha villages near Manawala on Amritsar-Jalandhar GT Road.
The proposed IIM Amritsar permanent campus site was owned by a Delhi-based private party and has recently been purchased by the Amritsar Development Authority (ADA). ADA has agreed to transfer the land to the IIM Society without any cost.
The site has been chosen and duly recommended by the team with the note “The site selection committee recommends this site comprising 60 acres of land as being appropriate for setting up the proposed IIM”. In fact 60 acres is the minimum land requirement to set up an IIM.
IIM Amritsar is proposed to begin functioning from August 2015 from its temporary campus at Punjab Institute of Technology near the Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU).
The permanent campus of IIM Amritsar was earlier proposed at Awan village near Ajnala. More than 100 acres of land at Awan village for the permanent campus was ready to be allotted to IIM Amritsar. Since village Awan lies in Ajnala sub division of Amritsar and is about 35 Km away from Amritsar the central team could not finalise it due to its poor connectivity.
The new campus is much nearer to Amritsar city and is only 7Kms away from ISBT (Inter-State Bus Terminus); 9 Kms from Railway station and 18 Kms from Sri Guru Ram Das ji International Airport, Amritsar.
Site selection kindles hope among aspirants
Earlier reports that IIM Amritsar may not take off in 2015 are now subdued and MBA aspirants who have scored high percentile in CAT 2014 are hopeful to get admission in IIM Amritsar in 2015 with the mentor IIM Kozhikode busy in launching the website of IIM Amritsar.
IIM Kozhikode has been assigned the responsibility to mentor IIM Amritsar till it becomes fully functional in its permanent campus. As such students opting to study at IIM Amritsar for first few years will have the learning experience from the highly ranked IIM Kozhikode faculty.
First batch with 60 students
IIM Amritsar will kick start the academic session for flagship PGDM/MBA batch 2015-17 in the month of August 2015 with an intake of 60 students. In the forthcoming years the intake may increase gradually.
Candidates who appeared and opted for admission to IIM Punjab in CAT 2014 will have to re-confirm their interest in taking admission to PGP 2015-17 batch at IIM Amritsar. These candidates must have participated in PI/WAT round conducted by IIM Udaipur for new IIMs. A formal mail to this effect is proposed to be sent to them by IIM Kozhikode, the mentor IIM of IIM Amritsar.
With IIM Kozhikode at the helm of affairs students seeking admission opportunity in IIM Amritsar can be assured of a very good learning experience. At present IIM Kozhikode has 64 full time faculty members with 700 students. The teacher student ratio at IIM Kozhikode could be considered as one of the best since there is one full time faculty for every group of less than 11 students.
As a mentor institute, the faculty members from IIM Kozhikode are supposed to travel to IIM Amritsar to conduct classes. The proposed cost of operation and establishment of IIM Amritsar shall be borne by IIM Kozhikode for about 3 years.
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