Indian Institute of Management (IIM-S), Shillong is soon going to launch law courses in its institute. Though a lot of decisions have already been made in this regard, a decision is yet to be taken regarding the nature and the duration (diploma or master’s) of the course.
However, it will be the first IIM in India ever to have both management and law courses. According to the director of IIM-S, Ashoke K Dutta, in Germany there are examples of two universities jointly offering courses in management and law. This was an inspiration to introduce similar programmme, which will be of use to judicial officers and managers in India.
Dutta, further informs, “We are in a discussion with a judicial university, in collaboration with which we hope to finalise the programme soon.” Explaining about the need to have law in IIM-S, Dutta continues, “Before deciding to start the law courses at IIM Shillong, I had a word with several judges and the chief-justice. Following my discussions, we realised that while on the one hand courts require lots of court officers who are trained professionals, on the other hand, many judicial employees who work with the corporate sector need to be aware of management ethics too. With our new programme in the offing, both managers as well as judicial officers will benefit.”
Finally, Dutta talks about the benefit of this programme after its completion and says, “The training will increase the job potential of candidates. Also, this course will address an important social issue. Finally, I personally feel that with IIM-S setting a precedent by introducing law courses, more institutes will come forward to explore such collaborations in the near future, thus offering a range of useful programmes to students.”