Indian Institute of Management, Indore (IIM-I) has decided to suspend admissions to its 2014-16 batch of post graduate programme (PGP), at Dubai campus due to unforeseen reasons.
It was the fourth batch which was scheduled to take up management course at institute's Dubai campus from this month. Institute administration has officially sent an e-mail to candidates shortlisted for the personal interview session apprising them of the decision.
Interviews for final selection for PGP 2014-16 batch were scheduled in August-mid but were cancelled and now IIM-I has officially announced to suspend admission for the programme for the session.
Public relation officer, IIM-Indore, Akhtar Parvez said, "Admissions to 2014-16 batch in Dubai campus have been suspended for this year. We have communicated about the development to all shortlisted candidates. We have sought their bank account details to refund application fees."
Institute had invited application for admission to the batch in July with application fees of Rs 1,000 for CAT qualifiers and $250 for GMAT qualifiers.
Though institute has cited unforeseen reason behind suspension of the courses, sources attributed it to poor batch strength and some technical problems with the country to run the course.
PGP, Dubai was started in 2011 from Ras Al Khaimah, UAE with a low batch strength. The strength increased in 2012, but again plummeted to abysmally low in 2013 despite advertising campaigns on a pan India level to promote the course. However, last year the institute administration shifted its campus in Dubai due to better industrial and job atmosphere.
IIM-Indore is the only institute in its league to have a foreign campus and is facing stiff competition from other Indian private players offering management courses in Dubai.
Fate of PGP for executives offered in Dubai too is unclear. Institute has yet not started admission process for the course as well. In 2013, IMM-I has invited application in August and course commenced in September. "No decision has yet been taken on the PGP for executives in Dubai as of now by the institute administration," said Parvez.