The Indian Institute of Management is a public business school based in Joka, a south-western district of the capital of the state of West Bengal.
It was founded in 1961 by a partnership of the governments of India and West Bengal, the Ford Foundation and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management following a report from Professor George Robbins of the University of California.
It has occupied its current campus, which includes what is claimed to be the largest management library in Asia, since 1975.
Its declared aim is to "emerge as India’s centre of excellence in all facets of management education, rooted in Indian ethos and societal values".
It was the first, and still in 2018, only Indian school with Triple Crown accreditation and is also the only Indian member of the Global Alliance in Management Education (CEMS). It continues to brand its MBA-equivalent programmes, which run over two years full-time, as postgraduate diplomas.
Other courses include a one-year executive programme in visionary leadership in manufacturing backed by the national governments of India and Japan, which is delivered in partnership with institutions in Madras and Kanpur. IIM’s Management Centre for Human Values focuses on human values and business ethics, seeking to bridge the gaps between Vedantic, Protestant and Confucian traditions.
Every year it hosts the Carpe Diem cultural festival, a mix of music, fashion and dance and since 1989 has staged Intaglio, an international business schools conference held over a long weekend in January which has been carbon-neutral since 2010.