IIM Sambalpur (old title -For Prospective IIM Bhubaneswar students)

Update on August 22, 2015: IIM Indore has made a tentative web page for IIM Sambalpur.

Update on June 24, 2015: The Indian Cabinet has finalized Sambalpur as one of the 6 new IIMs. On other fronts: (i) the state government has proposed the center to upgrade VSSUT Burla to an IIEST and there are pronouncements by a central minister that the central government is positively inclined, and (ii) the upgradation of GM College to an university is progressing well (its new web page is functional and advertisement for admission to GM University has come out).

Update on March 2, 2015: With center inclined to relax some of the conditions on IIM locations that it apparently had suggested earlier, the state government has now recommended Sambalpur as the location for IIM. Sambalpur is the second largest knowledge hub of Odisha with 3 existing state universities and two new ones in works. The existing universities in Sambalpur are: Sambalpur University, Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology, Veer Surandra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences. The two new planned ones are the upgradation of GM College to a unitary university and an Open University.

Old message:

Since it will take some time before IIM Bhubaneswar has its own web page prospective IIM Bhubaneswar students may check the following pages for why they should chose IIM Bhubaneswar and Bhubaneswar. We will try to add some links and information there.

  • IIM Bhubaneswar link 1.
  • IIM Bhubaneswar link 2.
  • Bhubaneswar – a hub of and for Knowledge institutions and companies.

    February 1st, 2015

  • Update on the proposed Xavier Univerisity

    Following is from an article in livemint.

    In a departure from the current trend in business education, the Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB) is opening its own university and taking away some of its courses from what it describes as a restrictive All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) accreditation process. This will allow it to impart “innovative courses”.

    To be named Xavier’s University, the institution will start its first campus in Orissa’s Puri district, followed by two more campuses in Sambalpur and Balangir districts.

    “The AICTE has a lot of restrictions when it comes to expansion,” XIMB director P.T. Joseph said over the telephone from Bhubaneswar. “Now, we have got a go-ahead from the state government to start our own university.”

    … Joseph said the institute will spend about Rs70 crore in the first phase of the university plan, of which Rs20 crore will come from the state. While the first campus in Pipli, Puri, will be spread across 35 acres, the Sambalpur and Balangir campuses will be built on 25 acres and 15 acres, respectively. The university will be set up as a private one under the state’s rules, which means it will have more autonomy. “There will be more investment as we progress,” Joseph said.

    … To start with, XIMB will offer students the rural management course without AICTE accreditation. “XIMB will remain as an institute under the AICTE umbrella. If they create problems, then we have to think otherwise. But we are taking our (two-year) rural management course to the university from next year when the university starts operation,” Joseph said. The institute will also run a master’s programme on public health in collaboration with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. It will also offer its three-continent master of global management programme under the university.

    XIMB’s plan is a smart way of tackling issues related to AICTE, said Pramath Sinha, founding dean of the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.

    … Allowing serious players to open universities is creating an ecosystem that’s free of excessive control, he said. Sinha is planning to open a university in Haryana under the state’s laws.

    Joseph said Xavier’s University will offer both undergraduate and post-graduate programmes in areas such as environmental management, microfinance, healthcare management and disaster management. Orissa chief minister Naveen Patnaik will lay the foundation of the campus on Saturday, according to an official invitation.

    The state will pass a legislation to open the private university soon and till that time XIMB will call them additional campuses, instead of a university, the institute’s spokesperson said.

    1 comment April 28th, 2012

    BIMTECH advertises for 2012 admission to its Bhubaneswar campus

    Following is the ad.

    It seems, besides PGDM, BIMTECH Bhubaneswar will be offering programs such as PGD in Mass Communication & Journalism, PGD in Communication Design and PGD in Industrial Design; all subject to AICTE approval.

    1 comment November 20th, 2011

    Update on the Xavier University proposal: To be located in Pipili and called Xavier University of Odisha

    2 comments October 21st, 2011

    Quotes from various stakeholders on the attractions and advantages of setting up higher education institutions in Bhubaneswar and Odisha: From a pagalguy.com article

    The following quotes are from an article in pagalguy.com.

    … a push from the state government, cheap land prices, a pool of students from the neighbouring states of Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal and the North East as well as investments by large corporate houses are slowly changing the eastern state’s identity. After Hyderabad, it is Odisha which is steadily becoming the focal point for educational institutes to set up their campuses.

    Ratnakar Rout, Joint Secretary, Department of Technical Education, Odisha. “We want to make Bhubaneshwar an educational hub,” he said. “The government wants institutes of international repute to start up so that students from the entire eastern belt can come here for education.” Rout added that many industrial houses, investors and institutes (including foreign universities) are also interested to start operating from Odisha. …

    Dr Somayajulu Garimella, director of IMI Bhubaneshwar, says that it is primarily the Odisha government’s proactive stance towards investment in the state that is paving the way for this migration. “The government is acting like a catalyst and there is fantastic support from them in terms of clearances,” said Garimella.

    … According to Dr Harivansh Chaturvedi, director BIMTECH, the saturation of b-schools in other states, low living costs and burgeoning middle class population of urban Odisha are some other reasons for b-schools to choose to come to the state.

    The Odisha government has been cooperative in terms of allotting land at cheaper prices, say educational administrators. “The government is friendly and we were alloted 30 acres of land at the cost of Rs 8 lakhs per acre,” said Chaturvedi. This was in stark contrast to the price of land in neighbouring states such as Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, where, according to Chaturvedi, land prices can go upto Rs 2 crores for an acre. “We should not invest too much on physical infrastructure like land, as it is expensive,” added Chaturvedi.

    … Harivansh Chaturvedi has answers for some of these doubts. “Our target is not just the local students, but the aim is to tap the pan-India market,” he said. “Also, in terms of competition we are looking at the future and within five years there is a possibility that the government might allow foreign universities to set foot in this part of the country.” BIMTECH and IMI are also not very worried about the initial years in terms of placements as their Delhi campuses will mentor the ones in Bhubaneshwar until they can stand on their own feet.

    Sri Sri University, which does not enjoy the reputation that IMI or BIMTECH have as far as business education is concerned, has other ways of getting their graduates jobs. “The ‘Art of Living’ community boasts of one of the largest corporate following,” informed Malaya Malla, marketing manager of the university. “The university has received strong commitments from corporates for offering summer projects and final placements.”

    3 comments October 3rd, 2011

    Sectoral MBA/PGDiploma programs in Odisha (Work in Progress)

    Several business schools in Odisha, especially in Bhubaneswar, have started offering sectoral MBA/PGDiploma programs. In this positing we will collect those programs.

    Regional College of Management, Bhubaneswar: The following ad shows the sectoral MBA/PGDiploma programs offered by this institute.

    HDF School of Management: Besides a P G Diploma in Managemnt, HDF offers a PG Diploma in Microfinance management.

    Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar: Besides the standard P G Diploma in Management, it offers programs in (a) P G Diploma in Management – Human Resource and (b) P G Diploma in Rural Management.

    KIIT Business School, Bhubaneswar: It offers a regular MBA and an MBA (Rural Management).

    Asian School of Business Management, Bhubaneswar: Besides offering a regular PGDM (P G Diploma in Management), it offers programs such as (a) PGDM (International Business), (b)  PGDM (Retail Management), (c) PGDM (Banking, Insurance & Financial Servives), and (d) PGDM (Logistics & Supply Chain Management)

    1 comment September 26th, 2011

    XIM Bhubaneswar plans courses in MPH; 19 foreign students paying 39,750 Euros to study in a 3C (3 continent) MGM (Master in Global Management) program; 1/3rd of that course will be at XIMB

    Following is  an excerpt from Shilpi Sampad’s report in Telegraph.

    Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB), is planning to introduce a master’s programme in public health with a specialisation in mental health from next year.

    The course will be conducted in association with the Union ministry of health and family welfare, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Tiss) in Mumbai and the London School of Medicine.

    … we hope that things will be finalised soon,” said Father P.T. Joseph, director of XIMB.

    He added it would be a residential programme and around 25 to 30 students would be enrolled in the first batch. Tiss, Mumbai will confer the degrees. Speaking about the importance of the course, Joseph said: “Public health and mental health are areas of great concern worldwide.

    … Earlier, XIMB had entered into a partnership with two foreign B-schools — Antwerp Management School in Antwerp and Fordham Graduate School of Business in New York — to launch a “3-Continent Master of Global Management” (3C MGM) programme. The duration of the course is 12 months and it is scheduled to begin on September 1.

    For this, 20 candidates each have been chosen from the continents of Asia (India and China), Europe and America. The students will spend four months at Antwerp B-school, XIMB and Fordham.

    Of the 40 applicants who had applied for the course, which will cost around 39,750 Euros or Rs 30 lakhs, only one has been selected to be part of the group from India.

    “The applicants found it difficult to secure bank loans since XIMB is neither a university nor recognised under the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE). We are trying our best to attain the status of a university so that these problems do not recur,” said Joseph, who is also one of the deans for the 3C MGM programme.

    6 comments August 30th, 2011

    Hope the Xavier University bill is finally tabled and passed in the Odisha assembly

    Following is an excerpt from a report in Business Standard.

    After giving its nod to four privately promoted universities in the state, the Orissa government is set to table the Xavier University Bill in the ensuing monsoon session of the assembly.

    Earlier, the state assembly had passed bills for setting up of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar University, Vedanta University, Icfai University and Centurion University of Technology & Management.

    "We are making efforts to introduce the Xavier University Bill in the monsoon session of the assembly. All problems relating to the establishment of the university will be sorted out,” said state Chief Secretary B K Patnaik.

    P T Joseph, director, Xavier Institute of Management-Bhubaneswar (XIMB) said, “We want the status of a unitary university. Our proposed second university is coming up on 35 acres of land at Jatani in Khurda district. Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation of Orissa (Idco) is in the process of building a compound wall which will be completed soon. Then, we will start construction work on this campus in August.”

    Joseph said, initially, XIMB will invest Rs 10-12 crore in the current financial year on the second campus.

    While the university will function from XIMB’s existing campus in the city, the rural management course will be shifted to the new campus. Besides the flagship Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM), the new campus will offer courses like healthcare management, education management, human resource management and a doctoral programme in management for working executives.

    … XIMB also has plans to set up a campus at Bolangir for the rural management course and a B-school at Sambalpur but details are yet to be finalized.

    If this happens this will be the first Xavier University in India.

    1 comment July 25th, 2011

    IMI Bhubaneswar gets AICTE approval; Prof. Somayajulu Garimella joins as Director

    IMI Bhubaneswar has now received approval for its PGDM program with an initial intake of 60 students. It also has now hired Prof. Somayajulu Garimella as its director. Its web page is revamped.

    2 comments June 20th, 2011

    Sai International College of Commerce & Economics opens in Bhubaneswar; to offer B.Com with Honors in Accountancy and Management with option of a BA in Management from a UK University

    The web page of this college is at http://sicc.in/. Its founder is the person who established the well regarded Sai International School in Bhubaneswar. Based on that, I am hoping that  this will be a good college and will fill the lacunae of a good commerce college in Odisha, especially in the Bhubaneswar-Cuttack area. At one time the commerce program at  Ravenshaw was ranked, but that was a long time back. I hope the commerce program in this college gets national ranking and other institutions in Odisha (especially the private ones like KIIT and SOA) get inspired by this to start their own quality commerce programs. While there is a plethora of colleges (several of them quite good) in the Bhubaneswar area for pursuing an MBA, there has not been any top-notch (i.e., nationally ranked) colleges for B.Com.

    Following is an ad for this college and pages from its brochure.

    1 comment June 13th, 2011

    IMI Bhubaneswar lists its five founding faculty

    The list is at http://www.imibh.edu.in/Faculty.asp. We give the listing below.

    Name Designation Area
    Dr. Supriti Mishra Associate Professor Economics/Strategy
    Dr. N Subrahamanyam* Associate Professor Finance
    Dr. D D Swain Associate Professor Marketing
    Dr. Koustab Ghosh Assistant Professor OB/HR
    Mr. Prashanta Kumar Dash Associate Professor Operations

    * In the IMI Bhubaneswar page there is no link for Dr. N Subrahamanyam. Based on a Google search we surmise the link that we put. It is only a guess though.

    May 22nd, 2011

    Great Lakes gets 150 crores investment from Educomp; partnesrship plans include a business education-oriented university in Odisha

    Following is an excerpt from a report in Pagalguy.com.

    … Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai on May 6 announced its own plans to expand operations to Gurgaon and Orissa in addition to its earlier takeover of Mumbai Business School.

    … The Great Lakes-Educomp partnership will also build a business education-oriented university in Orissa, tentatively named ‘University of Corporate Excellence’. Once the university kicks off, Great Lakes would have had spread its presence in all four corners of the country, says Prof Balachandran. While Great Lakes – Chennai has built a strength around marketing, IEMR will focus on the energy sector and MBS on emerging markets.

    Educomp’s Rs 150 crore investment is part cash and part  infrastructure and technology, such as its e-learning platform which will be powered using Great Lakes content to offer distance learning.

    1 comment May 17th, 2011

    Seat availability to study MBA and MCA in Odisha via Odisha JEE 2011

    The following is extracted from the Odisha JEE 2011 brochure. Thanks to a post in rourkelacity.com for the pointer.

    Note that one can study PG Diploma in Business Management and similar subjects (such as Rural Management) in several other institutions. Those are not listed above. Some of these institutions are: XIM Bhubaneswar, IMI Bhubaneswar, HDF Business School Bhubaneswar, IITTM Bhubaneswar, etc.

    One can also pursue B.Sc (Hons) in Computer Science and M.Sc Computer Science in several institutions. SUIIT (Sambalpur University Institute of Information Technology) also offers courses in IT that are not listed above.

    May 9th, 2011

    Hyderabad, Bhubaneswar and Chandigarh+Mohali among the top destinations of additional campuses of existing top management schools

    Following are excerpts from a report in mbauniverse.com.

    … The Xavier Labour Relations Institute, Jamshedpur has decided to set up its second campus in Hyderabad. An XLRI delegation had met Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister in this regard. The government has agreed to allot 75 acre for the project near Jawahar Nagar, on the outskirts of the city and near the BITS Pilani campus.

    The AP government had extended an invitation to the management institute to set up its campus in the state three years ago. The Chief Minister renewed the efforts by writing to XLRI. The XLRI governing board took the decision on September 4, 2010.

    Nearly 1,00,000 students appear for the entrance examination of XLRI, which has just 240 seats to offer. With the proposed Hyderabad campus, the institute would augment the intake of students.

    XLRI’s expansion in Hyderabad will be its first move toward expansion in India. Internationally, the institute already has a presence in Dubai and Singapore.

    IMT Hyderabad, the new B-school under the IMT umbrella, is all set to commence its first academic session in June 2011. This is the third B-school of the IMT Group in the country. The other B-schools under the IMT Group of Institutions are IMT Ghaziabad, IMT Nagpur, and IMT Dubai.

    Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Mumbai is counted amongst the top B-schools of the country. NMIMS is now setting up its new campus in Hyderabad on a 90-acre plot at Jadcherla by 2013. The institute is expected to build the first of its campus structures covering over 50,000 sq ft with 14 classrooms, library, computer and communication labs by mid 2013. The full time management, engineering and pharmacy programmes of the institute will start from the campus in the academic year 2014-15.

    NMIMS has already laid the foundation stone of its Chandigarh Campus on October 12, 2009. The planned infrastructure would be taking shape at Saranpur Institutional Area, near Chandigarh.

    … Ms. Savita Mahajan, Chief Executive, ISB Mohali, informed MBAUniverse.com that the work on the physical infrastructure of upcoming ISB Mohali is in progress. “The work on the new campus is in full force and we are expecting the campus to be ready by April 2012.”

    Punjab Chief Minister, Sardar Parkash Singh Badal had laid the foundation stone for the new campus of the ISB in Mohali (Punjab) on August 11, 2010 marking the start of construction of the ISBs’ first campus outside Hyderabad.

    The ISB campus at Mohali will house four institutes focusing on areas critical to India’s development, viz. Max India Institute of Healthcare Management, Bharti Institute of Public Policy, BML Munjal Hero Honda Institute of Manufacturing Excellence and Innovation, and Punj Lloyd Institute of Physical Infrastructure Management.

    … Both IMI Kolkata & IMI Bhubaneswar campuses are ready. And if all goes well the IMI authorities expect to be in a position to run regular PGDM programme from July 2011 after formal approval from the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), which is expected in May 2011.

    Birla Institute of Management Technology (BIMTECH), a leading B-school under the management of the B K Birla Group, has started construction work for setting up its new campus at Bhubaneswar. The Foundation Stone Laying ceremony for the new campus was organized on 5 April, 2011 at the IDCO institutional site at Gothapatna Area where institutions like IIIT, IMI and Nalco R&D Centre are already established. The new campus will become operational by June 2012 and will cater to the manpower needs of entire eastern India.

    It can be clearly seen that the B-schools of the country are having a renewed focus on the emerging cities of the country, which includes Bhubaneswar, Mohali, Chandigarh, Hyderabad etc.

    April 12th, 2011

    IMI Bhubaneswar admission information

    IMI Bhubaneswar web page is at http://www.imibh.edu.in/. However, it is still work in progress and does not have admission information. IMI Bhubaneswar and IMI Kolkata have a joint facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/IMIBhubaneswarandKolkata.

    The following youtube video dated 5th March shows that the facilities are almost ready and would be ready by the time classes start.

     (One may also check out the Feb 22nd video here.)

    Admission information is available in the pagalguy forum. Following are some excerpts:


    All students applying should have attained:

    • 1st Division in Class X and XII
    • Minimum of 55% in graduation (Those graduating in 2011 may also apply) AND
    • Who have appeared in CAT 2010

    Selection criterion:

    • Applicants will be short-listed based on academic performance and performance in CAT
    • Applicants with consistent academic performance will have better chance for being called for interview
    • Short-listed candidates will be called for interview

    Final selection will be based on the performance in the interview and academic track record.

    How to apply
    We are accepting applications online. Please log on to http://admission.imi.edu to fill the application form.

    There is no application fee.

    On filling the complete application form, short listed candidates will be called for in-person interview. The dates for first round of in-person interview will be shared shortly.

    Admission Process:

    We are following a rolling admissions process. The following are the important dates:
    Last dates of Application:

    Batch 1: 10th April
    Batch 2: 25th April
    Batch 3: 11th May

    Interview Dates:

    Batch 1: 25th April – 27th April
    Batch 2: 9th May – 11th May
    Batch 3: 23rd May – 25th May
    The websites for the schools are:

    … IMI International Management Institute Kolkata …
    IMI Bhubaneswar – Homepage


    Thank you for your interest in IMI K & B. Please refer to the following link for course fee … IMI International Management Institute Kolkata … 

    The Admissions Committee for IMI Kolkata & Bhubaneswar has decided to give a higher emphasis on the academic performance during College and consistency in academic performance. For this reason the college cut-off (as an eligibility criterion) has been kept at 55%.

    Please do refer to the following link for reasons to consider IMI K & B … IMI International Management Institute Kolkata …

    We would strongly urge you to apply. There is no application fee and the application can be done online. Once you go through the selections process, meet our team, etc. you will be in a position to take a more informed decision.


    We have not decided on the CAT cutt-offs for calling applicants for interviews. If you are meeting the academic eligibility criterion (55% in graduation+60% in 12th and 10th standard) you should consider applying to the two programmes.

    FAQ-9. Is it a residential programme?

    A hostel with 250 well-furnished, residential rooms for students (including a separate facility for women) is available within the campus. A stay in the hostel is not compulsory. However students are encouraged to stay in the hostel in the second year of the programme to take advantage of out-side the class room learning through participation in group work and other extra-curricular activities.

    FAQ-21. What will be the cost of living in hostel?

    Hostel rent will be Rs. 60,000 per annum. Mess charge will be based on actual cost of providing food to students. Indicative mess charge is Rs. 2,000 per month

    We are following a rolling admissions process. The following are the important dates:

    Last dates of Application:

    Batch 1: 10th April
    Batch 2: 25th April
    Batch 3: 11th May

    Interview Dates:

    Batch 1: 25th April – 27th April
    Batch 2: 9th May – 11th May
    Batch 3: 23rd May – 25th May

    The interviews will be held in more that two locations.


    We will be starting with a batch size of 120 for IMI K and 60 for IMI B.


    can u giv us an idea about yhe expected cat cutoffs?i m asking dat bcoz mt acads r pretty decent but my cat score is on the lesser side.
    cat score-80.7%ile
    wid dis low cat score will i get a call?????????????



    You do have good academic scores. You should be applying to both the campuses.

    Thank you for your interest in IMI K & B. Both the campuses are awaiting the final AICTE approval.

    April 8th, 2011

    BIMTECH starts construction of its Bhubaneswar campus; plans to have programs in law, design and social sciences (besides management) and to become a university or autonomous institution

    Following is from a report in mbauniverse.com.

    Birla Institute of Management Technology (BIMTECH), a leading B-school under the management of the B K Birla Group, has started construction work for setting up its new campus at Bhubaneswar. 

    The Foundation Stone Laying ceremony for the new campus was organized on 5 April, 2011 at the IDCO institutional site at Gothapatna Area where institutions like IIIT, IMI and Nalco R&D Centre are already established.

    The Foundation Stone for the 30 acre campus of BIMTECH was laid by Smt. Jayashree Mohta, Vice Chairperson of Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata and Director, Jay Shree Tea Ltd.
    On this occasion, addressing the gathering and mediapersons, Smt. Mohta said, “The Bhubaneswar Campus of BIMTECH will provide post-graduate and doctoral education in management, design, social sciences and law. The new campus will become operational by June 2012 and will cater to the manpower needs of entire eastern India viz. Odisha, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Manipur, Tripura and Bihar”.
    Addressing the audience, Dr H Chaturvedi, Director, BIMTECH Greater Noida said, “Our campus at Bhubaneswar will be one of the state-of-the-art campuses and it has been designed by Mr Hafeez Contractor, the renowned architect from Mumbai.  It will be our endeavour to make this campus an ideal destination for education and corporate training in management, design, technology and humanities.  We shall approach both the Union Government and the State Government for getting the status of either private university or autonomous institution for our Bhubaneswar unit”.

    BIMTECH Greater Noida, the first B-school under the BK Birla Group, is counted amongst the top 10 B-schools of the country. 

    If indeed BIMTECH wants to offer courses in design, social sciences, and law other than management, then the state government should give it more land and offer it to make a state university. 

    I have a feeling that both IMI and BIMTECH in Bhubaneswar will be huge boon for us.

    Along those lines I hope the Odisha government approaches a few other top private management institutions to establish their branches in Odisha, perhaps in some other locations. Some of the institutes that should be approached are:

    April 6th, 2011

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