The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) are a group of 13 public, autonomous institutes of management education in India. The establishment of IIMs was envisioned and initiated by Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, based on the recommendation of the Planning Commission. They were established with the objectives of providing quality management education. The IIMs primarily offer postgraduate, doctoral and executive education programmes.
IIMs are registered as societies under the Indian Societies Registration Act. Each IIM is autonomous and exercises independent control over its day-to-day operations. However, the administration of all IIMs and the overall strategy of IIMs is overseen by the IIM council. The IIM Council is headed by India's Minister of Human Resource Development and consists of the chairpersons and directors of all IIMs and senior officials from the Ministry of Human Resource Development of the Government of India.
The two-year Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP), offering the Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM), is the flagship programme across all IIMs. Some IIMs also offer a one-year Post Graduate Programme for experienced executives. Some IIMs offer the Fellow Programme in Management (FPM), a doctoral programme. The Post Graduate Diploma and Fellowship are considered to be equivalent to MBA and Ph.D., respectively. Many IIMs also offer short-term executive education/EMBA courses and part-time programmes.
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