In a communication to K Haribabu, who represents Visakhapatnam in the Parliament, IIPM director VG Dhanakumar said that the IIPM centre is ready to establish its campus in the city and has already submitted a report in December to the Andhra Pradesh government in this regard.
The same was communicated by Union minister of state for commerce and industry Nirmala Sitaraman who confirmed that the board of governors, during the 42nd board meeting of IIPM, considered the request made by the MP in October last year. She stated that the IIPM sought infrastructural and financial assistance from the Andhra Pradesh government and assured that further progress will be made only after obtaining the state government’s response. She wanted Haribabu to pursue the issue with the state government.
The IIPM is envisaged as a centre of excellence, a think tank and an intellectual resource base for the plantation and associated agri-business sector. It is an exclusive sectoral school of management in Asia, based on a new model intensive institute-industry interaction.
The institute was established as an autonomous educational institute of higher learning in November 1993. It is jointly sponsored by Commodity Boards of India including Coffee Board, Tea Board, Rubber Board, Spices Board along with Plantation Associations like UPASI and India Tea Association (ITA).
Source: The New Indian Express