The Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM-A) was assigned the task to mentor the new IIM at Nagpur for two years i.e till the first convocation of IIM Nagpur (IIM-N). But it seems that IIM Ahmedabad will have to continue mentoring the B-school in Maharashtra until it manages to hire enough members of the faculty to drive the varsity on its own.
According to the sources in the institutes, the decision was made at the board meeting of the governors, after the first convocation of IIM Nagpur on 14th April. At present, IIM Nagpur has only five faculties against the required strength of fourteen. Thus, IIM Ahmedabad will continue to support IIM Nagpur until it has adequate faculty strength.
IIM-A was given responsibility of mentoring and training IIM-N from the academic session July 2015 by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). It was assigned the task to shape IIM Nagpur and develop IIM-N faculties. The faculties of IIM-A helped IIM-Nagpur to design the syllabi and curriculum of the various management courses. Although the IIM-A faculty members did not teach IIM-N students directly, but they instructed their counterparts in Nagpur.
At present, IIM-A professors including Mr. Chetan Soman and Mr. Goutam Dutta, faculties of production and quantitative methods; Mr. Satish Deodhar, faculty of economics; Ms. Asha Kaul, faculty of communications and Ms. Pradyumna Khokle, the faculty of organizational behaviour have been mentoring IIM-Nagpur.
Professor G Raghuram of the public systems group in IIM-A, who is recently appointed as the director of IIM Bangalore had also been guiding IIM-Nagpur.
IIM Nagpur started functioning in April 2015 and hosted its first convocation this year in April where 53 students were awarded postgraduate diplomas in management.