Even as premier IIMs are out to consolidate a global infrastructure network in their campuses, second-tier campuses are following suit by kicking-off a slew of infrastructural enhancement initiatives. This is being done to enable trainees to cope with challenges in the contemporary corporate work environment.
Says Nities Ashok Pundhir: Some of the initiatives in infrastructural development that we have launched include obtaining an online connectivity in our hostel rooms and augmenting our classrooms with state-of-the-art liquid crystal display (LCD) projectors to enhance the quality of interactions and business presentations in the campuses.
In other Mumbai-based B-schools like Narsie Monjie Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), such initiatives are also being utilised to strengthen the linkages with the corporate world. Informs NMIMS associate professor (business communication and corporate relations) Leena Sen: We have an online computer-based testing system for recruitment and selection not only for our institute but also for companies for performance evaluation.
The campus in collaboration with the All-India Council for Technical Education has now completely rolled out an interactive language lab that was being piloted a year ago. The lab gives an opportunity to our students to interact freely with the trainers on one-to-one basis, says Dr Sen. NMIMS has also commenced a knowledge management centre where the information on various business aspects are captured, refined and benchmarked with the best B-schools which have successfully implemented such initiatives.
According to Dr Sen all these endeavours are further integrated with curriculum development and mentorship programme with a board that comprises not just industrialists but also scientists and engineers.
Also, having initiated such infrastructural development initiatives a while back, campuses like IIM-Ahmedabad are also in the process of sprucing up their existing infrastructure to enhance overall efficiency.
Adds IIM-A student Sriharsha Pappu: The innovations that continue to take place in our campus are in the areas of maintaining and upgrading this infrastructure. Specific instances in this regard include our internal notice board and communication system on the LAN called Dbabble. This system enables the students to share common access files, communicate to general and specific interest groups and manage their work from remote locations. For us it is an example of how technology has been used to effectively process improvements and enable better utilisation of both time and resources. Also, top-of-the-line infrastructure facilities that are initiated at IIM-A incorporate broadband Internet connectivity in every single students room along with comprehensive management libraries.
SP Jain Institute of Management Studies & Research, Mumbai (SPJIMR) has enhanced the existing server farms and there are dedicated software for each of the subjects like marketing, finance, project management among others.
Says SPJIMRs faculty (information management) Sunil Rai: Along with such initiatives we have also enhanced our network to cover any location within the campus so that the students can connect their individual lap tops and access the relevant data.
According to Prof.Rai, all this initiatives have aided the campus in creating a learning environment.
Commenting on the infrastructural enhancement moves that management campuses have been initiating, says Profile Trainers Ltds Rajeev Revulu: All such endeavour need to be more focused to deliver intuitive academic education or else such initiatives may end up merely aiding the campuses in trying to maintain their rankings in various surveys that are undertaken from time-to-time.