Following a decision taken by the Union Cabinet, the Central Government decided to approve the opening of the seventh IIM in 2005 at Shillong, the capital of the north-eastern State of Meghalaya. The Institute was named Rajiv Gandhi Indian Institute of Management, Shillong. The foundation stone of the institute was laid by the late Arjun Singh, the then HRD Minister on December 1, 2007, and was formally inaugurated by Dr Donkupar Roy, the then Chief Minister of Meghalaya on July 4, 2008. This new IIM started its operations in the year 2008 with admissions through the CAT 2007.
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A temporary campus has been set up at the Mayurbhanj complex (the erstwhile summer palace of Mayurbhanj Kings) of the North Eastern Hill University for the new IIM.
A sprawling permanent campus, which will be a state-of-the-art academic-cum-residential campus, will come up in the new Shillong township later, work for which has already commenced. IIM Shillong is the first among India’s Central Government-funded technical institutions and universities to have completed the implementation of a comprehensive enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution for the management of campuswide activities.
It is a one-of-its-kind business school in India, where each aspect of Management is studied from environmental and social perspectives. IIM Shillong currently offers the two-year Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM). The course has been designed to provide a holistic approach towards addressing business problems of the new millennium and beyond. The Institute aims to develop unbeatable leaders for an economically and ecologically sustainable society, with the help of a unique curriculum that comprises a mix of compulsory and elective courses, supplemented by specialised courses on industry sectors.
IIM Shillong also offers one-year Post Graduate Programme for Executives – Managing Business in India and China (PGPEx-MBIC). IIM Shillong, India and the Ocean University China (OUC), Qingdao have collaborated to design the PGPEx-MBIC. The programme is designed to provide General Management education in the context of the emerging economies, so as to prepare leaders to conduct business in such economies.
Dr Amitabha De took over as the second Director of IIM Shillong on June 17, 2013. Dr De was Director at National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai before joining. He did his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Calcutta, West Bengal and has widespread expertise in ergonomics, human factors engineering, biomechanics, executive work and work stress, and human factors in technology management. He has undertaken various research projects sponsored by the Government of India and various industries related to his expertise. He has also taken up various consulting assignments guiding corporate houses and encompassing industries like manufacturing, petroleum, airline, and chemicals. He was also a member in two national committees in the Ministry of Labour & Welfare, Government of India. A teacher in spirit, Dr De with an experience of twenty-nine years in teaching, research, and administration, believes in working together for the greater good of the students.
Besides, the Institute offers four-year Fellow Programme in Management (FPM) and also offers Management Development Programmes (MDPs), Research and Consultancy. In addition, the Institute runs an Accelerated Learning Centre (ALC) which conducts short-term certificate courses.
Students are supposed to complete the FPM in four years. However, in special circumstances, an extension of one more year can be granted, if the permission is given by the competent authority. A total of five fellowships are awarded in the following areas: Economics, Marketing, Finance, Information Systems and Operations Management, but only for four years. The FPM is a fully residential programme. Students of IIM Shillong won the CRISIL Young Thought Leaders Award 2013. IIM-S also won Wipro’s Earthian Sustainability Programme Award in 2014.