The Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore (IIM-B) will start an undergraduate programme in liberal arts at its new campus in Anekal.

The programme is part of IIM-B’s expansion plans. “Just as we made a
significant contribution in management education, we see the next big
challenge as creating a new generation of leaders who have multiple
perspectives needed to lead India to face challenges of this century. We
plan to launch a unique four-year UG programme in liberal arts at our new
campus from our golden jubilee year 2023,” Prof Rishikesha T Krishnan,
IIM-B director, said at the foundation day programme on Wednesday.

The other programmes planned are in creating high-quality digital education for hospital management and public policy. “IIM-B
has been a pioneer in MOOCs (massive online open courses) and digital education in management. Building on our expertise, we want to create outstanding digital learning experiences for sectors which require it the most including hospitals and healthcare, MSME, public policy and management,” Prof Krishnan said. It also has plans for an online bachelor programme in digital entrepreneurship. The third platform in expansion is impactful research where efforts are being made to address bigger
challenges to the nation. The three focus areas in research are MSMEs, manufacturing and healthcare.

Dr Devi Shetty, chairman, board of governors, IIM-B, said: “The pandemic could make us disillusioned. But remember, if there is one country that will emerge winner in this crisis, it is India. That is because we have learnt to manage ourselves among adversities, we Indians are very adaptable.” Chief guest Dr Gagandeep Kang, professor of microbiology, division of gastrointestinal sciences, Christian Medical College, Vellore, said: “The need for universal health coverage in India has been brought into sharp focus, but healthcare in India was in dire need of reform long before the pandemic..”

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