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18 June 2011

IIM Shillong Goes Local To Groom Youth From Northeast


Guwahati, Jun 18
: The newest Indian Institute of Management in the country, IIM Shillong, has gone local. In 2009, the coveted B-school in the eastern Himalayas had started the Centre for Development of the North Eastern Region (CEDNER ), to pilot ambitious projects that would spearhead development in the region.

Now, a part of that, it has taken up the task of organising training programmes for managers, executives and defence personnel who live and work here, besides providing consultancy for local firms. The centre is involved in organising both short and long-term programmes that would benefit local communities.

CEDNER, was formerly known as the Accelerated Learning Centre (ALC), was set up a year after IIM Shillong itself came into existence .

There are now plans to have this institute branch out to parts of Assam, Mizoram and Nagaland . Ashoke K Dutta, director of IIM Shillong, says setting up of the centre provides the 'strategic intervention' the region required, and that the institute itself would not operate merely like an island of excellence.

"We were very clear that we needed to do something about the hopes and aspirations of the local people," he says.

"Otherwise, what are they to do with an IIM?"


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