IIM Kashipur New Batch Inauguration: While gender diversity has become a big issue affecting higher educational institutions, one simply cannot rule out the fact that the true measure of gender diversity lies in representation and inclusivity. Though increasingly IIMs are trying their best to address the gender diversity issue, in a batch size of more than 200, the true measure of gender diversity depends not only on gender alone but also on approach towards inclusivity and diversity.

Maintaining a steady growth, the institute kick-started its 9th batch of MBA programme with a total number of 255 students. IIM Kashipur, in an effort to attain true diversity, has modified the admission policy for this year without violating any norms or compromising quality. It has also put an extra effort to reach out to prospective students, parents and has offered campus visit to female students before the admission process. As part of its inclusivity stride, IIM Kashipur has offered seats to Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) as per MHRD directives. Representation of female students has witnessed a whopping growth rate of 388% from the last batch.

Prof Kulbhushan Balooni, the new director of IIM Kashipur, while welcoming the new batch in his first ever inaugural speech spoke about how IIM Kashipur has created a name for itself for its location, academics and its effort towards inclusivity and diversity. “IIM Kashipur, being located at the foothills of Himalayas, is many a time better than studying in business schools located in heavily crowded and polluted big cities, depended on water tankers’’ he emphasized. 

IIM Kashipur Batch Diversity

  • The new MBA batch has a healthy representation of female students from 13 states with diverse disciplines such as Physics, Accountancy, Mathematics, and Hotel and Tourism Management.
  • There is also a representation of male students from 22 states.
  • It is important to note that despite being situated in the hilly state of Uttarakhand, IIM Kashipur has attracted more than 20% of students from the southern parts of India.
  • The newly inducted batch represents the majority of the states which brings in rich cultural and geographic diversity to the campus.
  • The institute also admitted Ph.D. students to its 5th batch of the Ph.D. programme.

IIM Kashipur: About the Institute

Established in 2011, IIM Kashipur is the first IIM outside the metropolitan cities. The institute has come a long way since its inception. Starting from 100% placement to successfully running the major government and international projects, IIM Kashipur has committed itself to an entrepreneurial spirit. 

In a short span of eight years, IIM Kashipur has emerged as a leading management institute. It was featured as top 20 entrepreneurial Business School by Entrepreneur India. IIM Kashipur handles different projects such as global practices in continuing legal education, MGNREGA, etc. It has also established a Design and Innovation Centre by MHRD and agribusiness incubator by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare. IIM Kashipur has also introduced Online Certificate Programmes in association with Talentedge, Safexpress, Safe Educate, and Nulearn.

It’s newly formed Foundation for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development (FIED), and Design and Innovation Centre (DIC) are providing skill development, entrepreneurial training and creating an approach towards design thinking and innovation. IIM Kashipur is focusing on Analytics and Machine learning for the past several years by creating an Analytics track with an industry-led curriculum.

IIM Kashipur has international linkage with ALBA, Greece; Aalborg, Denmark; AIT, Bangkok; ESDES Lyon Business School, France and FPT School of Business, Vietnam. It has recently inked MOUs with Coller School of Management, Tel Aviv, ICPE, Slovenia and Woosong University, University of Salford. 

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