CAMPUS LOCATION AND FACILITIES
IRMA has a sprawling 60-acre lush green campus, state-of-the-art infrastructure, fully computerized facilities, an excellent library, 24-hour internet connectivity, and modern teaching aids. The campus is fully residential. It is equipped with participant hostels, a mess, lecture halls, seminar rooms, a library, faculty and administrative offices, an auditorium, an executive training and development centre, faculty and staff housing, a dispensary, and other support facilities. The IRMA staff cooperative store caters to the daily requirements of residents. The campus also has an Amul Parlour purveying snacks and Amul products till late night.
IRMA is situated about 36 kms north of Vadodara and 65 kms south of Ahmedabad. The distance between IRMA and the Anand railway station and bus stand is about 4 km. The campus is conveniently located in terms of accessibility to many academic and development institutions. The more important of these are National Dairy Development Board, Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation, Amul Dairy, Tribhuvandas Foundation, Anand Agricultural University, and Sardar Patel University.
The Institute has its own dispensary located in the campus. A doctor visits the dispensary on all working days at a scheduled time. A full time nurse also works at the dispensary. A campus resident she may be contacted for any emergency requirements. IRMA is on a Group Medical Insurance Scheme of Rs. 10,000/- from Shree Krishna Hospital, Karamsad for each FPRM Participant.
FPRM is a fully residential programme. Every participant is provided with accommodation on campus along with computer and internet connectivity. The hostel has a boarding facility managed by an elected participants' body. Limited housing facility is available for married participants, which is allotted as per need and availability.
IRMA has an excellent library housed within a spacious three-storeyed building, which supports the teaching and research programmes of the institute. The library services are fully automated; the KOHA software is used for searching, reporting, circulation, and various other functions. The IRMA library has a comprehensive 09 full-text databases of journals, namely EBSCO (a package of three different subject areas), ABI/Inform (Proquest), Elsevier (Business Management and Accounting Package), Sage, and JSTOR. These together provide full-text databases of over 13600 journals in subject areas like management, finance, marketing, organizational science and strategy, information technology, e-governance, sociology, environment, and gender. IRMA participants have access to online databases like CMIE, indiastat.com, EPW Research Foundation and DELENT. CMIE databases and Indiastat.com provide financial and socio-economic databases, respectively, in electronic form to the IRMA user community. The print collection of the library includes over 47969 books, student reports, and FPRM theses prepared by participants. The library subscribes to over 143 print journals/periodicals and is Wi-Fi enabled.
IRMA's comprehensive state-of-the-art computer centre caters to its community through an intranet. The intranet provides online services for the effective administration of academic functions. The computer centre manages 600-odd hosts in the network. IRMA gets uninterrupted internet services through 90-Mbps radio link availed from VSNL and 200-Mbps fibre-based leased line from BSNL. IRMA has a technology-intensive network that provides mail, file, and print services on campus. Wi-Fi facilities are available in the library, participant hostel blocks, classrooms, Executive Training Centre, faculty block, and the administrative block. Various software statistical tools such as SPSS, EViews, Stata, AMOS, and LISREL are available for conducting quantitative and qualitative analyses and research studies. There are three well equipped laboratories for participants, researchers, and participants of various sponsored programmes in the areas of geographical systems (with ArcGIS) software and business computing. The library information system has online features to support user queries and to manage library administration. The IRMA alumni network is linked to the IRMA website for better networking among IRMA participants and alumni. A permanent email ID is provided to the students and alumni to interact with faculty, staff, and the participant community. Efforts are on to create a virtual community network. All these facilities have been extended to FPRM scholars. The Institute provides PCs to FPRM scholars in their hostel / office room.
Recreation and Cultural Life
A wide range of facilities for pursuing extra-curricular activities is available through the Participant Activity Centre. In addition, IRMA has facilities for sports like football, cricket, badminton, and table tennis. The air-conditioned 400-seat auditorium has an excellent audiovisual projection system, which is used regularly by the participant community and IRMA for holding a variety of programmes. SPIC-MACAY, for instance, has many participants, staff, and faculty as members. Concerts and recitals by eminent artistes are organized every year under SPIC-MACAY. While IRMA extends support for extra-curricular activities, the initiative for organizing these events mainly comes from the participants. The IRMA Staff Club organizes various cultural programmes, entertainment and sports activities, and film shows. All participants are associate members of the IRMA Staff Club. The FPRM participants represent a substantial pool of talent in music, drama, and dance. The campus participants organize cultural programmes and competitions like Jatra, Udaan, and Milaap. Anand Run, a marathon event, is organized annually to spread a social message. Network, the IRMA magazine, is another popular platform of communication for the IRMA community.