Xavier Institute of Management-Bhubaneswar (XIMB), one of the premier B-schools in the country is giving shape to its expansion plans which were earlier marred by the delay in availability of land.
XIMB which had kicked off its operations in the city in 1987, aimed to operationalize its second campus in the state by 2012, the year marking the silver jubilee of its inception but delay in finding land for the proposed second campus had pushed its expansion plan to the back foot.
However, XIMB has now exuded confidence in setting up two new campuses in the state at Bolangir and Khurda by the end of 2012.
P T Joseph, director, XIMB said, "We will be coming up with two new campuses in the state- one at Bolangir and the other at Khurda. The Orissa government has already alloted us 35 acres of land at Khurda and has agreed to provide 25 acres of land on the outskirts of Bolangir town."
The XIMB campus at Bolangir will exclusively focus on the Rural Management Programme and will have an intake of 120 students.
"Our campus at Bolangir will be a fully residential facility with a built-up area of 1.55 lakh sq ft and it will only offer the Post Graduate Diploma course in Rural Management. We will phase out the Rural Management programme at our existing campus in Bhubaneswar after the establishment of the Bolangir campus", Joseph added.
XIMB's campus will come up about seven km from Bolangir town and the institute wants to offer a rural ambience to the students pursuing the Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management. XIMB's campus at Khurda is coming close to the campus of Orissa Engineering College.