IIMA Timeline >> Students & Alumni

The face chart of Section A of the students of the PGP 1985-87 batch which shows Raghuram Rajan (as Rajan R G)
The face chart of Section A of the students of the PGP 1985-87 batch which shows Raghuram Rajan (as Rajan R G)

1964 First batch of students join IIMA in July
1964 Placement Committee established in September
1965 First Alumni Conference for participants of 3-Tiered Programme held in March
1966 First Convocation at IIMA
1967 Establishment of IIMA Alumni Association
1969 First Issue of Alumnus, the alumni magazine, now called The WIMWIAN
1970 First PGP Alumni Reunion at IIMA
1970s Inter-IIM student exchanges in social, cultural, academic and sports activities begin
1976 Students Activity Office established
1977 CAT (Common Admission Test) exam introduced for admissions
1982-83 Exchange Students from ESSEC, France, spend a term at IIMA
1986 Marketing Fair launched, later Insight
1997 CHAOS, Students Cultural Festival launched in January
2004 Prayaas, student's community service initiative for slumdwellers living around IIMA
2013 Women's Leadership Society initiated
2014 A-League started, a student-run network connecting over ten higher educational institutes in Ahmedabad
2016 SMILE (Student-Mediated Initiative for Learning to Excel), a supplementary education/resource centre under the IIM flyover inaugurated for the benefit of under-privileged children living in and around Vastrapur
2017 The Red Brick Summit (TRBS) starts in late-September, combining four earlier festivals- Insight, Confluence, Amaethon and ConneXion

Student life at IIMA has involved academic rigour, extra-curricular activities involving numerous student clubs, festivals, tournaments and events and student exchange programmes. The Finance Club, Consulting Club, IIMACTS (dramatics), Music Club and several others have been active for a long time. The Students' Affairs Council (SAC) is the key governing body of student affairs and a list of SAC Coordinators over time is available on this link. Batch sizes and photographs can be accessed under each convocation page on this link. CP is an acronym that unites all batches that have studied at IIMA. CP or Class Participation is graded in most courses at IIMA, resulting in 'Clever CP', 'Random CP', 'Soulful CP' and many such inventions.

Students who have graduated from IIMA and many participants of IIMA management development programmes collectively form IIMA's alumni base of over 30,000 members, governed by the IIMA Alumni Association. More information on alumni activities can be accessed on the alumni website.

IIMA alumni have excelled in diverse fields. In 2016, as per one article, IIMA accounted for more CEO's among the companies of the Bombay Stock Exchange-Top 500 list than any other management education institution. IIMA alumni have also received India's top civilian awards such as the Padma Shri (Kiran Karnik, K Raghavendra Rao, S P Kothari and Sanjeev Bikhchandani) and Padma Bhushan (K V Kamath, C K Prahalad, Mallika Sarabhai and M S Banga)

The IIMA Archives holds a collection of student yearbooks across several batches, the alumni magazines, documents of the Alumni Association from its inception, and oral histories of former students.

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