Experience, knowledge and practical learning play key role in leadership: Dr. Debashis Chatterjee, Director General, IMI New Delhi
Sreetama Datta, 20 Dec 2017, #IMI Delhi
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Dr. Debashis Chatterjee, Director General of International Management Institute, New Delhi believes in maintaining the right balance between theoretical and practical approach in management lessons in order to equip students for the corporate realities. In this exclusive interview with Careers360, Dr. Chatterjee talks about the approaches and initiatives launched in the curriculum of IMI, New Delhi.


Dr. Chatterjee, former director of IIM Kozhikode also emphasises on the fact that the key challenge is to be continuouslyinnovative in current times. To cope with this challenge, he aims to introduce disruptive innovation at IMI, New Delhi


Read the excerpts of the interview below.

Careers360: What are the USPs of your institute? How does IMI stand out from the other similar ranked institutes

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Dr. Debashis Chatterjee: After being a part of IMI, I feel very excited to be with the first Corporate Sponsored B-School of India. The institute wishes to leave behind a legacy of management wisdom that nurtures competent and compassionate professionals. We see ourselves as a small unique boutique school – the first of its kind in India which is about thought leadership and excellence. Our intellectual capital amplified by our social capital has built our reputation as India’s foremost corporate sponsored business school. Our geographical expanse through our three campuses at Delhi, Bhubaneshwar and Kolkata; gives us competitive advantage. The fulcrum of the IMI brand is Delhi and we work as one brand.

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Careers360: What is the seat intake for PGDM programmes you plan for the admission year 2018? What is the fee structure for the coming admission season and how is it as compared to last year?

Dr. Debashis Chatterjee: At IMI, New Delhi we believe in maximising the learning by the students. In order to maintain the balance between the students and the professors, we have 240 students for the PGDM course, 60 students for the HR program and 60 students for BF&S program and more than 50 regular highly competent Faculty with Adjunct Faculty and Professors of Practice. The fee for the entire course, for all the self-sponsored programs i.e. PGDM, PGDHRM, BF&S is Rs. 15,41,000. For the company sponsored course i.e. the Ex-PGDM is Rs. 28,16,000.


Careers360: How do you ensure industry-academia sync at your institute?

Dr. Debashis Chatterjee: In today’s world, it is just not the theoretical knowledge that counts but it’s the practical knowledge that gives students the edge. IMI, New Delhi ensures the overall development of its students through various industry aligned activities that are built around the classroom education. Here, I would like to emphasise on the fact that our institute provides the students a fresh perspective to learn and grow. Thus, we provide the students with various guest lectures and business thought leadership programmes. We have also started an Initiative called ‘HonouR’, for the HR program. This helps the students in gaining substantial insight into the industry and understands it at a corporate scale.


To achieve our objectives, we have plans to contemporise research and academic activity to keep academic work relevant to today’s needs. Our recent tie-ups with Power Grid Corporation of India and Airport Authority of India are examples of developing industry interface. We are also offering various offline and online management development programmes for Business Managers working in the leading corporate entities.


We are conducting a series of leadership clinics across the country. These forums help us get an idea of the problems faced by people in industry where we deliver a solutions framework instead of just delivering content.


Careers360: How do you plan to enrich the academic curriculum for the next academic year?

Dr. Debashis Chatterjee: While our endeavours provide not only a unique experience to the students through our unique offerings, the students are educated through an internationally benchmarked curriculum and integrative and experiential pedagogy to meet the needs of the industry as to provide continuity which is the essence of life, we are continuously updating our curriculum and this year we have started restructuring our curriculum to make it more integrative and experiential. We have also recruited CEOs and Industry leaders as ‘Practice Professors’ to make the dissemination pragmatic and relevant to industry needs. After an initial success we plan to take this forward in a big way


Careers360: How does the current pedagogy enable students to deal with the challenges of corporate world?

Dr. Debashis Chatterjee: IMI, New Delhi’s pedagogy puts a lot of emphasis on case based learning, which helps students gain immense perspective on not just theoretical but also practical aspects of the business world. The on-campus activities, events and industry conclaves hosted and organised by students give them a wide exposure of various facets of management learning. Students get to exercise leadership, team management, resource planning and due execution with the help of such events. The college pedagogy is in line with the contemporary management needs and requirements, when it comes to equipping the students with industry relevant skills. The curriculum and co-curricular activities are designed and structured in a manner as to impart maximum real-world business scenarios and situations, which students can put into practice after their college tenure.


Careers360: What are the key challenges that management education face today and how are you working towards the solution?

Dr. Debashis Chatterjee: The key challenge is to be continuouslyinnovative in current times. It is extremely crucial for a Business School to be relevant to be in tune with the industry requirements on one hand and also be ahead of the industry by providing for disruption on the other. To put India’s Global footprint in business education and to maintain thought leadership, we are aiming to be ahead of the industry trends by adapting disruptive innovation.


IMI Delhi has also launched a Centre for Disruptive MOOCs, in collaboration with non-business schools, to create courses such as design We are also focusing on wealth creation and Women in leadership So, we are following continuity disrupted by innovative ideas.


Careers360: What is your message for MBA aspirants who wish to enter your B-School the coming academic year?

Dr. Debashis Chatterjee: A B-School provides a platform to nurture and equip students to transform into future managers and global leaders who thrive in challenging situations. The two year academic journey sets the perspective for the students and will truly revolutionise their outlook towards problem solving, planning, decision making, conflict resolution and team building. It is indeed a 360° experience that prepares the students for an industry that is gradually shifting from corporate ladders to a jungle gym. Today, it is pertinent to be able to constantly adapt and innovate in order to sustain in an extremely dynamic environment. Experience, knowledge and practical learning play a key role in transforming aspirants into leaders who can work across functions and adapt to the requirements of an evolving industry. International linkages, participation in student bodies, corporate competitions, business simulations, case studies, business conclaves and guest sessions play a key role in enabling one to become corporate ready, as these provide a strong learning foundation that helps professionals tackle the various business challenges they face.

I welcome you to join us in this journey


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Can anyone provide me details about the student exchange program of IMI New Delhi??

Aarushi Makhija 14th Oct, 2019

We are moving from the culture of exclusivity to inclusivity, problems require solutions from a global perspective. IMI strictly adheres to its vision and mission of shaping global leaders through its international academic collaboration and student exchange programs. It is one of the seven B- schools in India to have received accreditation from the international accreditation agency, Association of MBAs (AMBA). AMBA is awarded to the best programs internationally and denotes the highest standard of achievement in postgraduate business education.

The student exchange program broadly helps in two ways, firstly it brings global business perspective and enhances the personality. The student exchange program propels students towards acceptance and understanding of different cultures. It provides the much-needed multifaceted approach to learning. In this fast-paced world awareness is a necessary trait, awareness not just about the surroundings but about the global issues. Secondly, the student exchange program at IMI enhances the exposure to global issues and increases adaptability of an individual. The only way to succeed in life is by pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. Landing into a foreign space and culture helps one move out of the comfort zone, it provides the strength to confront the challenges, ultimately leading to excellence. Language is the most common barrier one faces while dealing with people from different cultures. IMI through its student exchange program provides the opportunity to break such barriers by increasing the acceptance and understanding of different cultures. Besides cultural acceptance, the foremost important knowledge one acquires through the student exchange program at IMI is about the business at a global level and problem-solving approaches used by different people in different parts of the world. It prepares the students of IMI for global roles.

IMI has association with the world’s leading Business Schools like

  • NJCU School of Business (New Jersey)

  • Montpellier Business School (France)

  • IDRAC Business School (France)

  • KEDGE Business School (France)

  • Louvain School of Management (Belgium)

  • The Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

  • ICPE (Slovenia)

  • Sichuan University (China)

  • Suleman Dawood School of Business (Pakistan)

  • RANEPA (Russia)

  • Academy of Public Administration under the aegis of the president of Republic of Belarus

  • Developpez Une Autre Vision Des Ressources Humaines

  • Grenoble Ecole de Management (France)

  • JAMK University (Finland)

  • Frankfurt School of Finances and Management (Germany)

  • University of Guelph

The presence of huge network and global association had helped IMI, New Delhi to provide the best international exposure to its students in terms of global business knowledge.


how many fees for MBA of IMI kolkata?

Yash Dev Student Expert 8th Oct, 2019
Hello student as per source the fees of International Management Institutes is around 14 lakh Rs students get the final fees in their offer letter.
The Institute started functioning in the year 2011 with its flagship Post Graduate Diploma in Management Programme currently accredited by the National Board of Accreditation for a period of two years effective from July 2016

Feel free to comment if you have any doubt
Good luck

best college between kiit bbsr IMI Kolkata and isbm Pune for pgdm/mba finance

Sonali Sahu Student Expert 13th Oct, 2019


All the colleges you have mentioned are at different level. If you want to do MBA then do it in some reputed college.

Go for IIM banglore which is a best option. there are other campus also. you can join as per your interest.

Here is the list:- https://bschool.careers360.com/colleges/ranking

Select one college from the list and join here. You will have a bright career and real world knowledge.

You can go for the colleges in your question but MBA is highly valued when done from IIM mostly. This will increase scope and chances for you.

Hope it helps!


How is IMI kolkata? What is the cut off score to get into IMI Kolkata? Is it worth to join given that it ranks 47th In the list of NIRF for 2019?

Aayushi Batra 23rd Sep, 2019

Hi Mehul,

IMI Kolkata is considered a decent college and it is one of the colleges among the top 50 according to NIRF list 2019. The following factors can be considered and analysed upon in order to consider this college:


Recently this college has shown a trend for 100% placement of its batch. Maximum package attained was Rs. 20 lakhs and minimum was Rs. 5 lakhs. The average salary for the batch is Rs. 6-7 LPA. The job roles offered were diverse from marketing research to taxation. Even the internship has shown a a trend of 100%.


It is one the colleges having the best infrastructure. All the contemporary facilities are provided by the college. 24- hr Wi-Fi is available and you can even enjoy the good collection of books in their library.


The faculty is very skilled and among the renowned individuals of this industry too. They use distinctive methods of learning which a student might expect for a good b-school.

Selection procedure

Once you have appeared for the entrance exam and cleared the cut off for any of the three exams – CAT, XAT or GMAT, you will be called for WAT-PI round.

The cut off for CAT – 80%ile and XAT- 80%ile.

WAT : This test evaluates your normal writing skills which include spelling and grammar and articulation skills.

PI : This usually lasts for 15 minutes. The aim of this round to know and understand how the candidate is and what is his approach to leadership.

The final selection is based on the entrance exam score, academic profile, verbal ability percentile, WAT/PI score and work experience (if any).

Let me know in case of further issues.

Do reach out to me.

All the best!

Best Wishes

Aayushi Batra


How is IMI Kolkata in terms of profiles offered in placement?

Era Madaria 20th Sep, 2019

Hi Student

Placements : Recent traits are like Almost 100% of the students got placed. The highest package was 20 Lacs per annum and the lowest was 5 with that the average stands at 6-7 LPA. Job profile varies from MDP to sales based jobs to marketing research to tax consultant. Considering internship 100% internship is provided.

You can comment your further queries in the comment section below.

Best Wishes

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