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IIM to welcome 40 girls

One in 2010, none in 2011 and 40 in 2012. The girl brigade is finally trooping inside IIM-Ranchi this year.

After Madhya Pradesh’s Piyusha Baghel earned the unlikely distinction of being the B-school’s only girl student since its inception, this year, as many as 40 female students will make their entry to IIM-R, suggest the official acceptance figures after the final rounds of group discussions and interviews.

“The 2012 batch seems to be a balanced one as far as the ratio of male and female students is concerned. It will help us during summer and final placements as many companies ask us about girl students who may fit the bill for jobs in the human resource and personnel departments of the corporate sector,” said IIM-Ranchi director M.J. Xavier.

The first batch of postgraduate diploma in management (PGDM) in 2010, with 44 students, saw only Piyusha turn up. The girl, who happens to be a farmer’s daughter from Madhya Pradesh, passed the course with flying colours in April 2012.

The second batch of IIM-R in 2011 saw 67 students, but it was an all-boys club.

This year, the boy:girl ratio promises to be less skewed. For a total of 120 seats on offer, one-third are girls.

There are 90 seats for the basic PGDM course. In addition, the IIM-R has launched its postgraduate diploma in human resource management (PGDHRM), offering 30 seats.

Apparently, the existing IIM-R students played a big role in getting the girls this year through word-of-mouth publicity and social networking sites such as Facebook.

In fact, online postings stressed that the “fantastic institute” was located in Ranchi, famed for its “pleasant weather”.

But the director confesses to be “still mystified” about why girls kept away from IIM-R in the first two years despite the brand value of the cradle, Ranchi’s weather and a decent, albeit temporary, campus on Suchana Bhavan.

As of now, the boys have residential facilities at the flats of National Games Housing Complex, popularly known as Khelgaon, in the outskirts of the city (about 7-8 km from Suchana Bhavan campus of IIM-Ranchi).

The girls will be put up at the hostels of Sri Krishna Sinha Institute of Public Administration (SKIPA), which Ranchiites call the administrative training institute or simply ATI, just opposite Suchana Bhavan.

The classes for the 2012-14 batch of both the PGDM and PGDHRM would start from June 18 while a formal launch will be held on June 29. The venue, chief guest and other logistics are yet to be decided.

Besides, a centre for business analytics at IIM-R, in association with software major IBM, has started functioning. “We will sign a memorandum of agreement with IBM in this regard soon. The IBM software, which will help in data analysis, has already been installed,” added Xavier.

Impressing the girls, eh?