The new addition to Indian Institute of Management, IIM Gaya started its operations with the formal registration of first batch of students from 24 August 2015. The institute has started its operations from temporary campus located in Directorate of Distant Education Building in the Magadh University. New campus would be readied in another three years time as the construction of permanent campus would be completed by then in 119 acres of land approved by Bihar government for the construction of IIM campus. IIM Calcutta will mentor all the activities and oversee the teaching at IIM Bihar as proposed.
Mr Israil Khan, Director of distance education, Magadh University informed that the IIM team started the registration procedure for first year students started from Monday, 24 August while the formal induction for the first batch of students to be take place on 25 August. Classes would start on 31 August and until then students would have to get acclimatized to the institute, its culture and traditions etc. Mr Khan also said that five rooms for the faculty members were ordered by the institute. University guest house was refurbished recently to provide accommodation for the faculty members.
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It was also confirmed by the sources that half of 60 seats of the first batch were vacant as only 30 students had opted IIM Gaya for their management studies. Sources were also of the view that very less students opting to study in IIM Gaya was due to high cut off marks and hesitancy of good quality students to opt for new institute. This might also be the reason that the new management institute in Gaya would have shortage in teaching faculty and during campus recruitment major job providers would hesitate to take students from new institute. MR Israil Khan informed, no girl student had preferred IIM Gaya.
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Cut off marks as high as 96.3 as minimum in Common Admission Test was fixed for the students of general category and 78.98 score for those belonging to OBC category. For admission to IIM Gaya, CAT score of 63 and 50.71 were fixed for students of SC and ST respectively. It was also said that one more round of counselling would take place to admit remaining 30 students in the first batch of IIM Gaya. It was also confirmed by the sources that, not only Gaya had to face such difficulties but even other IIM’s also had such problems in their initial stages.
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