IIMs to contribute to smart city project

IIMs should contribute management expertise to national projects such as development of smart city and green city says union human resource development minister, Smriti Irani.

Irani said that IIMs needed to work with local industries and local communities with a view to enhance their management capacity while ddressing the IIMs’ Conclave with chairpersons and directors of 13 Indian Institutes of Managements (IIMs) in Bengaluru.

The interaction focused on issues related to national development goals, admission process in IIMs, review of the institutes, national ranking framework for the management institutions, ICT and other pedagogical innovations and initiatives to scale up research in IIMs especially the socially relevant research as also to have greater impact on national policy implementation.

Smriti asked chairpersons and directors of IIMs to come up with strategies for making the country both manpower ready and teacher ready. She said that along with IITs, IIITs and central universities, the IIMs should create a mechanism for a global talent pool of eminent persons, who could then contribute their expertise not only to IIMs but to other institutions in the country as well.

She said the IIMs needed to create a knowledge consortium, based on efforts by IIM Ahmedabad, by bringing together various institutions so as to make possible ideas like credit transfer and twinning programmes.

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