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Shillong IIM likely next year

Shillong, Feb. 13: Dilly-dallying by the Union ministry of human resource development is likely to dampen the chances of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Shillong becoming functional this year. The proposed premier business school will start classes only from the next academic year.

With Common Admission Test (CAT) scores having been announced, the admission process to the six IIMs is currently under way. However, the Centre is yet to issue a notification seeking the appointment of a director and registrar for the proposed Shillong IIM.

The Meghalaya government, however, has completed the required formalities, like providing 50 acres of land at Mawdiangdiang for the construction of a permanent str-ucture to house the institute.

The state has even provided a temporary shelter for the institute at Nongthymmai, so that the institute could start operations from this year.

The total budget for the temporary campus has been estimated at Rs 1.75 crore. The Union government has not released any funds for the project so far. The state has undertaken the construction on reimbursement basis and nearly 70 per cent of construction for residential quarters and student hostels is complete.

“According to the directions issued by the human resource development ministry, we have even sent the list of members for the governing body,” a senior state government official said.

“Most probably classes will not start this year,” the official added.

The human resource development ministry is also not sure whether classes can begin this year. Deputy director of higher education, Kalapana Singh, said the process was on but refused to elaborate.

The decision to set up an IIM was announced after Union minister for human resource development, Arjun Singh, held a meeting in Shillong a few years ago. Earlier, tribal affairs minister P.R. Kyndiah and former deputy chief minister in charge of education, Mukul M. Sangma, had lobbied for an IIM in Shillong.

This proposed seventh IIM in the country will have a two-year post-graduate programme in business management with nearly 150-odd students in the first year.

Shillong, known as the educational capital of the Northeast, had to face stiff competition from neighbouring Assam for the institute. Meghalaya was granted the IIM as Guwahati has an IIT.

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