Professor Bharat Bhasker Appointed As New IIM Ahmedabad Director For Five Years


The Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) has announced the appointment of Professor Bharat Bhasker as its new director for a period of five years. Professor Bhasker will take charge as the new IIMA Director from March 1. 

At present, Professor Bharat Bhasker is a professor of Information Technology and Systems at IIM Lucknow (IIML). In the meantime, Arindam Banerjee will be acting as the interim director-in-charge of the premier management institution from February 1 to 28. 

“I would like to congratulate and welcome Professor Bharat Bhasker as the new Director of IIMA. As a successful leader and a Professor of technology with experience of working in India and across the globe, I am confident that he will carry forward the legacy and lead the institute to newer horizons in today’s digital, globalised world,” the chairperson of IIMA Board of Governors, Pankaj Patel was quoted saying in an official IIMA press release while announcing the appointment of the new IIMA Director. 

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The IIM Ahmedabad set up a new committee for the selection of the new IIM Ahmedabad Director. The committee shortlisted a total of 13 applicants who had to undergo an interview screening process. 

Announcing the shortlisting of Profesor Bhasker as the new IIM Ahmedabad Director, the IIMA issued a Press Release that stated “the selection committee had a detailed consultation with IIMA faculty members and other relevant stakeholders and conducted the final round of interviews. Based on the search and selection committee’s recommendations, the Board of Governors announced the appointment of Bharat Bhasker as the next Director for the institute, during a meeting held today at the IIMA campus.”

With over three decades of experience in industry, research, teaching, and consulting in India and abroad, professor Bhasker is an experienced leader in information technology. He has also served as the director of IIM Raipur from 2017 to 2022. Before joining IIM Raipur, Professor Bhasker had been associated with IIM Lucknow for over two decades where he also served as the acting director for a period of five months from July to November 2015. He has also served as the Dean Planning & Development at IIM Sirmaur from 2003 to 2005. 

“He has been a visiting professor at ESSEC Business School, Paris, France and University of Texas, Dallas, USA. “He was a Distinguished Professor at Chung- Ang University, Seoul, Korea, was a Research Professor at University of California, Riverside, USA and Adjunct Faculty at Information Systems, Univ. of Maryland, College Park,” the Press Release added. 

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