Published: 06th August 2020
HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal lays foundation stone for 21st IIM in Himachal Pradesh
The Minister highlighted that the union government has sanctioned an amount of Rs 531.75 crore, out of which Rs 392.51 crores is for construction works
Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ along with Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Jai Ram Thakur; Minister of State for Finance Anurag Singh Thakur and Minister of State for Education Sanjay Dhotre laid the foundation stone for the Indian Institute of Management Sirmaur in Himachal Pradesh online. Speaking on the occasion, the Education Minister said that the Union Government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi had taken a decision in 2014 to establish seven new IIMs including IIM Sirmaur to fill the gap between demand and supply of corporate leaders created by the then-existing IIMs.
He added that on August 15, 2014 it was announced that the IIM for Himachal Pradesh would be set up at Dhaulakuan in the Sirmaur district. On March 12, 2015, the state government allotted a 210 acre land at Dhaulakuan for development of the permanent Campus of the Institute. The Minister informed that IIM Sirmaur was operationalised by IIM Lucknow in August as the mentor Institution with the commencement of the first batch of PGP of 20 students, from its temporary Campus at Paonta Sahib, Sirmaur, Himachal Pradesh. And since then, the Institution is progressing well and is scaling new heights academically and infrastructurally.
He further informed that the current academic activity is operationalised from a temporary campus which is fully residential for students with all modern facilities. The students are not only pursuing academics but also engaged in various cultural, sporting, CSR and community outreach activities. The complete full-fledged permanent campus at Dhaulakuan has been envisaged for the student strength of 1170 in 210 acres of land.
The Minister highlighted that the union government has sanctioned an amount of Rs 531.75 crore out of which Rs 392.51 Crores is for construction works covering the area of 60384 square meters in the first phase which caters to 600 students. He had also said that MBA students are future corporate leaders, wealth creators and responsibility lies heavily on their shoulders to provide right direction to business and
industry to make Aatmanirbhar Bharat, as per the vision by our the prime minister.
He added that education is key to the task of Nation building, stressing that we need to promote research
and innovation in our institutions and create an eco-system of excellence. He assured the support of MHRD to IIM Sirmaur in establishing its world-class infrastructure. The Minister was confident that IIM Sirmaur will create its own identity and niche in management education and allied areas and will achieve its vision 'To be a Globally Respected Institution for Management Excellence'.