B-schools take digital route to cut costs

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Premier B-schools in the country have taken cost-cutting measures to the digital level, leveraging the use of technology in course administration, improving student services and collaborating with foreign institutions.

IIM Ahmedabad (IIM-A) has created a blueprint to complete an enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementation integrating proprietary as well as open-source software at campuses, said dean Prof BH Jajoo. “We have roped in a few companies to do information technology (IT) implementation and in return, we will help them in their e-governance projects,” he said.

Similarly, IIM Calcutta is upgrading its ERP implementation through HCL and extending it beyond its flagship courses. “Everything from attendance and grading to faculty-student feedback has been put on these solutions,” Rahul Dasgupta, head of internet solutions group at IIM-C, said.

IIM Lucknow is digitising its Learning Resource Centre, which has a stock of thousands of documents, using Greenstone Digital Library, an open source software. “We are trying to go paperless and improve student services,” said Sanjay S Degloorkar, a library faculty member at IIM-L.

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