The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore will soon inaugurate the India-Japan Study Centre in its campus. The primary aim is to promote economic and educational ties through research, teaching and policy outreach. This comes at the same time as India is strengthening its ties with Japan. Off late we all saw the inauguration of PM Narendra Modi and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe’s Rs 1.1 trillion high speed rail project.
Study Centre’s Main Aim
1.The Centre will promote a collaborative initiative in among the industry, academia and government agencies from both countries. 2.The main focus will be on infrastructure for energy, transportation at micro, small and medium organisations.
“At a macro level, there are complementarities between India and Japan in the sphere of economic development. We have a lot to learn from Japan on infrastructure and technology management, and we can offer them insights on the start-up culture,” said IIMB director G Raghuram.
Statements from Study Centre
“The India-Japan Study Centre will serve as an intellectual gathering point for research scholars, students, government agencies and industry leaders of India and Japan,” said Krishna Sundar D, IIMB Production and Operations faculty and chair of the India-Japan Study Centre.
“The India-Japan Study Centre at IIMB can also provide a synergistic platform for mutually beneficial academic and inter-governmental initiatives to contribute to the shared ethos of the ‘Resurgent Japan, Vibrant India’ agenda,” said Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, IIMB board of governors chairperson.
According to reports, IIMB is planning to offer dual degree programs in association with Hitotsubashi University and other universities in Japan. The institution is also planning to offer customised electives and immersion programmes for exchange students of the partnering universities. Moreover, An Executive General Management Program (EGMP) for executives in Japanese companies in India may also be offered.