IIM Ranchi, IIM Rohtak, IIM Raipur and IIM Trichy are planning to conduct joint process for selection
The four new Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) at Ranchi, Rohtak, Raipur and Trichy have a surprise in store for those who belled the CAT this year. They are working on what could be the next big thing among IIMs. The newly minted institutions are mulling a plan to have their own admission process and even hold joint interviews and group discussions to cherrypick candidates for this academic year. Currently, all IIMs individually send out call letters for interviews and group discussions.
“This coming together will greatly ease the stress of having to hop from one interview to another. We don’t want leftover candidates from the older IIMs. IIM-Trichy will have its own identity and admission process. The directors of all new IIMs will meet soon to decide on holding joint interviews and using those scores for admissions,” IIM-Trichy Director Prafulla Agnihotri told TOI. “There is great synergy when the IIMs come together. We have been talking about it (holding joint interviews and GD); all we need to do now is to sit down and chalk it out,” P. Rameshan, Director, IIM Rohtak told TOI. Even though the idea of joint interviews and GDs is not entirely new, the older IIMs, especially at Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Calcutta, have rejected it for the sake of autonomy.
Over 186,000 candidates appeared for CAT 2010 held between October 27 and November 24, across 20 testing days. The CAT score is one of the inputs used by IIMs in admitting students to its flagship two-year postgraduate programme.
Source: The Times of India, January 12, 2011
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