Shillong, June 14: The Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Shillong, will make its presence felt at the UN Rio Earth Summit beginning tomorrow at Brazil’s capital Rio de Janeiro.
The summit is set to adopt the 50+20 report on Management Education in the World. It is a collaborative project between three organisations: the World Business School Council of Sustainable Business (WBSCSB), Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI) and the Principles of Responsible Management Education (UN-backed PRME).
IIM Shillong is a founder member of this group which grew out of a series of informal meetings held between individuals and groups.
The WBSCSB was inaugurated in New York in April last year. IIM Shillong, which was represented by Sanjeeb Kakoty, has been chosen to be part of a select group that has prepared the report which will be adopted at Rio.
IIM Shillong is also the only educational institution which is an official invitee to the UN earth summit and Kakoty is the lone academic from India who was selected to the group that has drafted the report on management education.
The IIM had also contributed to the Indian section of the film Voices From Different Parts of the World, which will be screened at the inaugural session.
Prior to his departure for Rio, Kakoty said: “Apart from reviewing the state of management education in the world, our job was to offer solutions and explore new roads that would ensure sustainability. I sought to incorporate nuggets of wisdom drawn from ancient Indian civilisation and the traditional value system of the people of the region.”