Sangam native puts IIM-B on pinnacle (Prof. Pankaj Chandra-Mining 1983)
@ Sep 22, 2011
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Mrigank Tiwari, TNN Sep 8, 2011, 01.00pm IST

ALLAHABAD: The Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore (IIM-B) has been rated as country's top business institute in a survey conducted by ET Nielsen. A major part of this achievement is being attributed to the efforts and innovative ideas of IIM-B director Pankaj Chandra, 52, who hails from the Sangam city.

Chandra, who took the command of IIM-B three years ago, has been taking the premier management institute to greater heights.

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Prof. Pankaj Chandra

The results of ET Nielson survey published in all major newspapers and magazines accord top status to IIM Bangalore in several spheres like HR Head, MBA aspirants, students and research.

A pass out of St Joseph's College, Allahabad, Chandra did his engineering from IT-BHU. Later, he went to the acclaimed Wharton School of Management, Pensylvania, US to do Masters in Science (MS) and thereafter was enrolled in research programme. His area of specialisation includes supply chain management, said his father PC Saxena, a retired professor.

He added that after completing his research, Chandra also taught at Wharton for a few years before shifting to MC Gill University. Upon returning to India, he joined the IIM-Ahmedabad where he worked as dean till his elevation as director of IIM-Bangalore in 2008.

Sharing his success story with TOI over phone from Bangalore, Chandra said, "It has been possible in the backdrop of sustained efforts in the field of encouraging quality research and handing out cash incentives to researchers from the institute. Within last three years, IIM-B has spent Rs one crore in doling out cash incentives to researchers whose work has been published in international journals."

He added that the institute is also focussing on reframing the course curriculum on the lines of business schools in US, UK, Australia and Canada. Coupled with this rigorous recruitment norms and creating chairs have all combined to make this all to happen.

He said the institute has also entered into collaboration with world class institutes like Harvard Business School to facilitate interchanging teaching cases. Advances in capabilities of research in Asia and Middle East are among our other priorities, he added.



*Interview with Pankaj Chandra in December 2007 issue of Chronicle

Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore

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