Indian Institute of Management Shillong (IIM Shillong or IIM-S), formerly Rajiv Gandhi Indian Institute of Management Shillong (RGIIM), is a public, fully autonomous management institute in the city of Shillong, Meghalaya. It was the seventh Indian Institute of Management to be established in India.
Established in 2007, IIM Shillong offers postgraduate, doctoral, and executive programmes in management education, and Management Development Programmes (MDPs) spanning different streams of management. Admissions to the institute are based on scores obtained in the Common Admission Test (CAT). In addition, the institute has a Centre for Development of North Eastern Region (CEDNER), constituted to offer programmes relevant to the local community and society of the state and the region.
Key Description of Indian Institute of Management Shillong
Former Name: Rajiv Gandhi Indian Institute of Management Shillong
Type: Public business school
Chairperson: Shishir Bajoria
Director: Prof D P Goyal
Academic Staff: 28
Location: Shillong, Meghalaya, India
History IIM Shillong
The proposal to start an Indian Institute of Management in the Northeast was unanimously taken in June 2004 by the Union Minister of Human Resource Development along with the Chief Ministers of the North Eastern states in the review meeting held at Shillong. Shillong was drafted as the permanent location for the institute after consultation between the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (MDONER) and the Chief Ministers of the states.
The foundation stone for the institute was laid by Shri. Arjun Singh, Union Minister of Human Resource Development, on December 1, 2007. The admittance of the first batch of students for the Post-Graduate Programme was formally inaugurated by Dr Donkupar Roy, Chief Minister of Meghalaya, on July 4, 2008.
The institute was set up at the Mayurbhanj Palace, the summer retreat of the Mayurbhanj Kings of Odisha. The Palace was renovated by the Meghalaya government with the construction of a permanent campus in development at Umsawli.
The first Chairman of the Board of Governors was Shri. Rathindra Nath Dutta, and the first Director, Prof Ashoke K. Dutta.
Academics of Indian Institute of Management Shillong
Post-Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM)
This is a two-year, fully residential program with a curriculum comprising a mix of compulsory courses and electives, supplemented by specialized courses on industry sectors. Participants are offered subjects from the areas of economics, finance, human resources, information technology, marketing, operations, and general management. The programme begins with a two-week foundation course on sustainability which focuses on developing sustainable practices in business management. Sustainability modules are also incorporated into every subject offered.
Some of the unique courses offered at IIM Shillong include Northeast Studies, Doing Business in the Northeast, Decoding Organizational Pathologies, and Sports Management, to name a few. Participants in the second year are also encouraged to undertake courses of independent study (CIS). Participants of the programme also undergo a summer internship between April and June, as part of the course.
Post Graduate Program for Executives – Managing Business in India and China (PGPEx – MBIC)
This is a fourteen-month fully residential program for executives that aims to provide the opportunity to learn and conduct trans-national business in emerging economies. This course is spread across two campuses – IIM Shillong and Ocean University of China, Qingdao. In addition to classroom facilitation, the course structure also includes practical learning through internships and industry visits in both countries.
Fellow Programme in Management (FPM)
This is the doctoral level programme offered by IIM Shillong. The FPM is a four-year fully residential programme with fellowships awarded in the following areas: economics, finance, HR, information systems, marketing, and operations management. Admissions for this programme are based on scores obtained through CAT, GMAT, GATE, GRE, or the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) examination.
Management Development Programme (MDP)
These are short duration programmes varying from two days to six months, for working executives from the industry, education, and government sectors, held both on- and off-campus. The MDPs furnish executives a chance to familiarize themselves with the latest techniques, tools, and skills spanning different streams of management from Education Management to Sustainable Development.
Centre for Development of North Eastern Region (CEDNER)
Formerly known as the Accelerated Learning Centre (ALC), the CEDNER has been constituted to organize both short-term and long-term programmes relevant to the local community and society of the state and the region. Courses offered at the CEDNER respond to local needs, and make institute facilities available for training people from the region during various phases of their business and entrepreneurial activity.
Faculty Development Programme (FDP)
The institute also offers programmes for faculty development at regular intervals to help familiarize with current and relevant industry trends and practices.
The pedagogy at IIM Shillong follows a case-based system. Participants are provided cases and supplement readings. Analysis and solutions are then discussed in groups with faculty facilitating and grading the dialogue. Participants are also encouraged to undertake projects falling under the purview of the subject and share their learning with others.
Faculty of IIM Shillong
The institute has a current faculty strength of 28 permanent faculty and close to 40 visiting faculty. Faculty visiting IIM Shillong are a mix of professors from institutes across the world, and industry experts and practitioners.
The former President of India, Dr A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, was a regular visiting faculty at the institute, offering courses for the second year students on a variety of subjects. Dr Kalam, on July 27, 2015, collapsed while delivering a lecture on 'Creating a Livable Planet' at the institute. After being placed in an intensive care unit, Dr Kalam was confirmed dead owing to a sudden cardiac arrest.
IIM Shillong currently has a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Nanyang Technological University for the PGPM. MoUs signed previously include those with Drexel University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Hamburg Media School, among others. The PGPEx has a MoU with Ocean University of China, Qingdao, P.R.C and (School of Management) Fudan University,Shanghai P.R.C
Admissions: Indian Institute of Management Shillong
Admission to IIM Shillong is governed by the Common Admission Test (CAT), an annual exam administered by the IIMs for selection into various business schools across India. The selection to IIM Shillong is a multi-stage process that is defined by the admission policy. There are slight variations in the criteria depending on the course applied for.
IIMS was ranked 24th among management schools in India by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) in 2019 and 10 in India by Outlook India's "Top Public MBA Institutions" of 2020.
Student life of IIM Shillong
IIM Shillong is currently hosted in a beautiful temporary campus – the summer retreat of the erstwhile Maharajas of the Mayurbhanj dynasty. The temporary campus, which previously accommodated the North Eastern Hill University, is in the south-eastern suburb of Nongthymmai. The campus is thrown into a pink blanket in the month of November when the cherry blossoms bloom. The campus houses both the student hostels and the classrooms. Recreational facilities and administrative offices are spread across the campus. The hostel block also accommodates the mess and cafeteria.
Plan of the new campus
The campus extension consists of barracks renovated to house participants and more classrooms. The director and faculty quarters are between the main and extension campuses. The institute has well-furnished heritage guest houses that provide stay for visiting faculty, corporate, and guests.
The new campus of the institute is under construction on a 120-acre space at Umsawli. Construction is expected to be finished in 2020.
The library, named as the Exim Bank Knowledge Centre, has books, journals, magazines, and other information resources. The Knowledge Centre is also fully automated with the help of VTLS, maintaining different databases for books, reports, audio cassettes, video cassettes, CDs and journal articles.
Hostel & Recreation
The hostels consist of both single and double occupancy rooms.
The institute has multiple recreational centres, with a gym, table tennis table, badminton courts, basketball court, futsal court, and carom and chess amenities.
IIM Shillong is a student-run institute with participants taking care of daily functioning of the institute outside academics and administration. This is with a view to provide the participants hands-on experience in everyday management, problem-solving, and event management.
Student committees handle everyday processes such as placements, hostel and IT requirements, student affairs, etc. Clubs are societies that are dedicated to interest in different domains of management and otherwise. They also play pivotal roles in determining electives offered under different domains.