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TestFunda ,  13-Jul-12
T.A. Pai Management Institute, popularly known as TAPMI, Manipal has earned initial accreditation of its postgraduate programs, PGDM and PGDM (Healthcare) by recent action of the Board of Directors of AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business-International. Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees in business and accounting. 

TAPMI joins an elite group of institutions that have achieved business accreditation from AACSB International. TAPMI is the first AICTE approved B-School in India to achieve this distinguished hallmark of excellence in management education. TAPMI and ISB are the only two business schools in India, and less than 5% worldwide, have earned this distinguished hallmark of excellence in management education.  

“We warmly congratulate TAPMI and its Director Dr. R.C. Natarajan, and welcome them into the AACSB family of internationally accredited business schools,” said John J. Fernandes, President and Chief Executive Officer of AACSB International. “AACSB Accreditation represents the highest achievement for an educational institution and its college of business. The Director, Faculty, Deans and administrative staff of TAPMI are to be commended for their dedication and commitment to continuous improvement, and for their role in earning initial accreditation.” 

To achieve accreditation, an institution’s business program must undergo a meticulous internal review and evaluation process. During this period, the school must develop and implement a mission-driven plan to satisfy 21 quality standards relating to faculty qualification, strategic management of resources, interactions of faculty and students, as well as a commitment to continuous improvement and achievement of learning goals in degree programs.  “The entire TAPMI-community worked for many years to put together the quality-process in place. Whereas the faculty members and staff were very actively involved in this process, they kept the Trustees and the members of the Governing Council closely involved in various parts of the effort, leaving no stone unturned. This is a recognition for their ability to bring the whole team collectively together and their commitment to high quality education,” said Dr. Ramdas M. Pai, Chairman of TAPMI.

"During the accreditation process, TAPMI was visited and evaluated by business school deans from reputed institutions with detailed knowledge of management education, applying the accreditation standards that are widely-accepted in the educational community.  These evaluations processes involved rigorous review of TAPMI's mission and how its curriculum, structure, systems, processes and people fit together to achieve this mission. They used what is known as triangulation process that checked the veracity of the school's claim of following the processes they declared by talking to various stakeholders in formal as well as informal settings," said Dr. Natarajan.

TAPMI's achievement was recognized in the end of April at the 2012 AACSB International Conference and Annual Meeting (ICAM) in San Diego, California, US. 

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About AACSB International

AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), founded in 1916, is an association of almost 1,200 educational institutions, businesses and other organizations in 78 countries. AACSB’s mission is to advance quality management education worldwide through accreditation, thought leadership, and value-added services. AACSB Accreditation is the benchmark of quality worldwide and most widely sought after by business schools—less than 5% worldwide have earned the achievement. As the premier accreditation body for institutions offering bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees in business and accounting, the association also conducts a wide array of conferences and seminar programs at locations throughout the world. AACSB's global headquarters is located in Tampa, Florida, USA and its Asia Pacific Headquarters is located in Singapore. For more information, please visit:


TAPMI is an autonomous business school run by a not-for-profit educational trust at Manipal, a small hilly town on the Western Ghats of coastal Karnataka in India. Founded in 1981, the school has completed 28 years since the commencement of its first batch of students. The rigour of student-selection, the comprehensive nature of the school's curriculum and delivery and the high quality campus recruitment record of the school is well appreciated by the industry, academicians and students. The school relies heavily on experiential learning pedagogy and continuous learning and evaluation processes. TAPMI's programme, it's faculty and students won many awards in the field of management over the years.

Thanks to its outcome based learning methods, TAPMI is ranked among the top 1% of the business schools in India consistently since more than a decade and attracts the best students for its two programmes. TAPMI admits 300 students for its PGDM programme and 30 students for its PDGM (Healthcare) programme. The students hail from different parts of India with wide range of professional qualifications such as Engineering, Medicine, CFA, CA, etc. in addition to arts and sciences. The average work experience of TAPMI's students is about 3 years prior to joining the programmes.

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