IIM graduates push trade ties with Singapore

Singapore, August 29:

The alumni of India’s top business schools have launched a drive to promote strong growth in trade, investments and financial services with Singapore, a top envoy said in a report here today.

More than 500 graduates of the six Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), the largest such group in any city outside India, are convinced that their collective clout can help boost other ties as well. Under the ‘Access India’ programme, there are plans for an exchange of expertise through faculty and student exchange programmes, scholarships to study in the IIMs and setting up of such institutes in Singapore. “With their unique combination of global and Indian experience, this talent pool can act as a catalyst in enabling the two nations to drive strong growth,” the Straits Times quoted Indian envoy Alok Prasad as saying.

The IIMs are regarded among Asia’s foremost and most exclusive business schools. Their MBA programmes have produced international managers and entrepreneurs for decades. No other world-class business school has such a large foreign talent pool in Singapore. “They are a conduit for ideas and entrepreneurship and makers of a network of excellence between our countries. They help build a win-win future for us all,” said Singapore education minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam.