Bhutan has not only sent a proposal but also contended that commencing of a regular MBA program in Bhutan by IIM-A may attract students from nearby countries such as Bangladesh, Thailand and Pakistan. Bhutan is presently in the process of setting up infrastructure facilities from where the academic programs are expected to be offered. Moreover, Bhutan is so keen that IIM-A should offer its regular MBA program in their country that it has given IIM-A an option to operate as an autonomous body without getting associated with the Bhutan University.
The Director of IIM-A Samir Barua said, “The government of both countries must get involved in the project before IIM-A is able to play its role in such a programme. We will be able to provide the intellectual contributions, but they will have to make arrangements for the required infrastructure. As we have not decided anything yet, we need to make sure that the idea is sustainable and will work for at least the next 20 years.”
Success from IIM-A reveal that if everything works out fine, MBA program offered by IIM-A in Bhutan will work as an outreach program. IM-A is now all set to start its second 2-week executive education program in Bhutan. The institute had organized the first 2-week general management program in Bhutan for taking management education to SAARC countries.