IIPM The Indian Institute of Planning and Management
The IIPM programme was conceptualised in 1973 keepingin mind the unfortunate fact that education in India till then had still remained primarily oriented towards the needs of the private sector and had overlooked the specific requirements of the public sector.
We had even failed to do justice to the private sector in as much as we had not succeeded in impressing upon the students the basic framework within which the private sector had to operate in our country. The scope and role of the private sector in our country, in the context of national economic planning, was quite distinct from that of the private sector in the free market economies originally developed through colonial exploitation. Problems of development of the private and the public sectors were, therefore, to be studied and analyzed carefully in the background of national economic planning. Otherwise, we would not be able to translate the laudable goals of plans into physical realities, however sophisticated the planning models may be. The Indian Institute of Planning and Management had thus set before it the twin tasks: to reorient education and research towards the needs of both the sectors and to establish the link between the national economic planning and the development of private enterprises in our country. As an educational institute, IIPM aimed at developing a three dimensional personality in its students, viz
(1) pursuit of knowledge, (2) commitment to economic, social and cultural upliftment of masses and (3) cultivation of taste for literature, fine arts etc.
With changing times and near dismantling of the Planning Commission in India, IIPM aims to reorient the IIPM programme to the new realities of the Indian economic system while remaining committed to the basic philosphy of global humanism. In fact, while India unfortunately abandons principles of National Economic Planning, intellectuals around the world are waking up to the inevitable need for International Planning in the search of a more humane and sustainable society as man is becoming increasingly alienated from the society and violence - both internal and external - is becoming a trademark of the free market fiscal bottom line oriented driven system. Thus the need to re-focus on welfare concepts has actually acquired greater importance today. To make a happier and humane society, future entrepreneurs and managers need to understand not just concepts that are taught in traditional B-Schools around the globe, but also concepts of International Planning and Humanitarian Economics, which IIPM aims to impart.