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It is late in the morning as you take a walk with Kiran Prasad Ivaturi down the tree-lined pathway within the Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad. Twenty-three year-old Prasad is a month away from being an MBA graduate but he is already the toast of his batch, having bagged a whopping Rs 7.56-lakh job with Marico as a management trainee. 'I am looking forward to the job. But I am going to miss the campus,' says Prasad, who is a student of the masters in human resource management and corporate governance (MHRMCG) programme. And one tends to believe him.

Working nights

Talk to anybody in IMT. Everybody swears that the Ghaziabad institute, a 45-minute drive from east Delhi, offers a great 'nightlife'. By that they mean that most students prefer to work deep into the night, attend classes in the morning and sleep in the evening. 'Between 9.30 pm to 3.30 am is the peak working time. That's when you find the reception area teeming with students,' says Prasad. Not to forget, that night badminton is the most popular sport in the campus.

It is a pleasure walking inside IMT. One of the greenest campuses one will ever see, it is lined with hundreds of trees. It also has a splendid rose garden. But students prefer the spicy smells of the red brick canteen, famous for its aaloo paranthas, samosas, shikanji and hot dogs.

Undeniably, the vibrant spirit in the campus has helped IMT emerge as one of the top management institutes in the country. This year IMT, always known for its strong placement division, created a record of sorts when each of its students secured placement in the first nine hours of campus interviews. Of the 47 companies who walked in with offers, 18 went back empty handed.

Adapting to conditions

IMTians believe their institute is unique. At IMT, says student Dushyant Barara, one is not groomed as executives who can only work out of an air-conditioned office. 'We are prepared to work under any conditions, anywhere,' says Barara, who will be joining GE Money shortly. Fellow student Divya Chawla says that an IMT student is always good at sales. Some of the top sales executives in the country are IMTians.

This year the institute has fared well in human resources too. Bhagwan B. Mathur, chairman, student affairs, believes a strong faculty and a great placement cell are among IMT's stronger points.

Students first

Arunashish Ghosh, who will be working for Citibank, offers a first-hand account of IMT's work culture. 'At IMT,' he says, 'students play an important role in the day-to-day affairs ' such as running the mess, in hostel affairs, or in the placement cell.' As Prasad sums up, 'It is an institute of the students, for the students, by the students.'

But what really makes IMT tick is its infrastructure: air-conditioned classrooms, a good library and a round-the-clock computer centre. The hostels are inside the 14-acre campus. Every hostel room has both Internet and Intranet facilities.

Some of IMT's well-known courses are the postgraduate diploma in business management (PGDBM), the postgraduate diploma in computer application (PGDCA) and the master of human resource management and corporate governance (MHRMCG).

One of its unique courses is the global MBA programme, an 18-month course where the students spend five months at the Farleigh Dickinson University in the US, and another six at an American industrial unit.

Old memories

For Nandan Srinath, the IMT days were non-stop fun. 'We studied at night and that too only before the examinations,' says Srinath, who belongs to the 1991 MBA batch. He also remembers chatting endlessly with friends in the canteen.

The extra-curriculars were underdeveloped those days. There were no malls or multiplexes. 'So we used to go to cinema halls,' he recalls.

The faculty was good. Among the teachers, Srinath recalls Professor Dhingra, who taught them marketing, most vividly. 'His lectures were always engaging,' he says. But Srinath feels he learnt as much from fellow students in the campus as inside the classrooms from teachers. At IMT, everybody came from a different background. 'Relating to a variety of people coming from diverse backgrounds helped me later at work,' says Srinath.

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