Nagpur has added an achievement in its diary after winning the race for the first Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in the Maharashtra state defeating Pune, city tagged as ‘Education Hub’. The announcemnet was made by the State Education Minister Vinod Tawde in the Legislative Council.
Minister has promised next IIM or an equivalent institute for Pune. “Pune is a known seat of education and the next IIM or an equivalent institute will come up in the city. This government aims at equitable growth of all regions,” the BJP minister said, as quoted by Indian Express.
The institute will begin functioning from the next academic session. The final decision on the launch would be taken by the Union human resources ministry after the government sent its proposal.
Two hundred acres have been allotted in project area of MIHAN (Multi-modal International Cargo Hub and Airport at Nagpur) for setting up the IIM but the first academic session of the new IIM is likely to start at Visveswaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT) next year. This arrangement will continue till the IIM building is built on the allotted land.
As per sources, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to visit next month to lay the foundation stone of the IIM.
Shiv Sena MLC Neelam Gorhe welcomed the move but said Pune already has the right “ecosytem” for an IIM-like institute. “It is a good beginning and we hope Pune will be considered for the next IIM-like institution,” she said.