Bihar Government has decided to set up Institute of Rural Management Bihar (IRMB) on the pattern of IRMA (Institute of Rural Management Anand, Gujarat).
The Institute located in Patna, would cater to effective rural development using the techniques of professional management. It would also provide management training, support and research facilities to students committed to rural development.
The Government has created a core committee for its formation, which includes Dr. Tushar Shah, Former Director of IRMA, other faculty members like Prof. K V Raju, Prof. H K Mishra, Secretary of Rural Development Department, Amrit Lal Meena , Arvind Kumar, CEO-cum-state mission director of Bihar Rural Livelihood Mission ‘Jeevika’ and Anup Mukerji, former chief secretary of Bihar.
The Committee will deal with the matters pertaining to appointment of faculty members, admission and the infrastructure development for IRMB.
The Government has also sanctioned an initial budget of ₹1 Crore. The Academic Session is likely to begin with 2014-15.
Talking to a newspaper, Rural Development minister Nitish Mishra said “Setting up such an institution was part of the document on good governance prepared by our government. Discussions with the Irma started around three months ago for setting up the IRBM. The formal notification for the core committee was done after the chief minister gave his consent to the proposal,”
IRMB would offer courses in Rural Development and Rural Management. It is still unclear whether it would offer the regular 2 year PG course in Rural Management as offered by IRMA.
In 2008, the state Government instituted Chandragupt Institute of Management (CIM-P) at Patna on the pattern of Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM-A).