Prof. Neelu Rohmetra, First Woman To Head An IIM, Conferred ‘President’s Award’

Neelu Rohmetra

Prof. Neelu Rohmetra, Director IIM Sirmaur received the ‘First Ladies Award’ on January 20, 2018. The felicitation event was held at Rashtrapati Bhawan, where she joined 100 other exceptional women achievers from the all across India in varied areas. Professor Rohmetra has been selected by Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Union Minister of Women & Child Development, for this honour for being the ‘First woman to head an IIM’.


Professor Neelu Rohmetra is the Director of Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Sirmaur, Himachal Pradesh. She is the first ever woman to head any IIM. Professor Rohmetra is a US State Department IVLP Alumnus, USIEF Fulbright Fellow and has been Post-Doctoral Commonwealth Fellow, at Lancaster University, UK (2001-02).  She has published books and research papers in the areas of Human Resource Development, Organisational Behaviour and Cross-Cultural Management.

Professor Rohmetra is on the boards and committees of various academic and administrative forums at national and international levels. In her current role as Director IIM Sirmaur, she has been involved as member of AICTE committee for developing policy guidelines and benchmarks for grading AICTE approved PGDM institutions across the country.


Professor Rohmetra has held various academic leadership positions while serving as Professor of Management Studies in University of Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir. She served as Rector Campuses, Director Business School, and Dean Student Placements at the University of Jammu.

In addition, she founded the International Centre for Cross Cultural Research and Human Resource Management at the University of Jammu.

In her distinguished professional career, Professor Rohmetra has been a USIEF-CIES Fulbright Administrators Seminar Grantee (2013), a British Council Nominee for South Asian Skill Development dialogue in London (2013), a Visiting Fellow to EAP-European School of Management, Oxford, UK (1998), and participated in the International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP) administered by the US State Department (2006).

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