IIME has finalised plans to set up a Management Institute, Centre for Information Technology and Vocational Training, Social Work Centre and a High-tech School. These projects will introduce innovative methods of imparting quality education at all levels by fusing a global outlook in an India-centric context. Value- based education will be the edifice of all teaching and learning, thus promoting a secular bent of mind and attitude. IIME will provide holistic education by exposing the students to a variety of co-curricular activities. Interactive, participative, cooperative and integrated learning will be the backbone of all learning transitions. Realising the advantage of international education in today’s global society, the Institute endeavours to provide the very best.
A. HI-TECH BUSINESS HISTORY MUSEUM
IIME will set up a futuristic and Hi-tech Business History Museum which will be a first of its kind, unique, monumental project with multiple art centres and galleries. It will be a milestone to acknowledge the contribution of leading business leaders, social workers, freedom fighters, soldiers as well as iconic contributors of the state. Its main purpose will be to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit the rich cultural heritage of the state. Every aspect will be highlighted through its exhibitions, research studies, publications, and educational programmes.
The museum will be a storehouse and treasury of rare and beautiful objects of ancient artifacts, ethnic jewellery, Rajasthani attire, and replicas of home like sculptures, objects, historical artefacts, paintings, bahis, parwanas, manuscripts, rare books, maps, photographs and old documents pertaining to the golden period of history from 1564 to the present century. Besides this, the museum will also collect promote and preserve objects and materials of culture, business and historical value of the cultural heritage of Rajasthan.
This museum will have eleven permanent art galleries, namely: Trade and Business Gallery, the Gandhian Gallery, Freedom Fighters Gallery, Armed Forces Gallery, Poets and Writers Gallery, Artists Gallery, Textile Gallery, Media Gallery, Bank Gallery, Milestone Gallery and Global Gallery. Every day, art will come alive in the museum’s galleries, through exhibitions, events, unfurling innovative creative ideas and unique connections of Rajasthani culture. There will be a separate Historical Research and Resource Centre, Library, Multimedia and IT Centre for professionals, historians, media, organisations and individuals.
1. To offer hands-on learning with knowledgeable employees and visual aids to attract visitors who are interested in learning about the rich heritage of Rajasthan. It will educate and enrich the present and future generations at large.
2. To provide visitors of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to learn and explore Rajasthani as well as Indian culture and also learn leadership characteristics and entrepreneurship skills.
3. To develop indigenous techniques for restoration, testing of materials required for restoration and storage. All materials will be stored in closed, acid-free folders and boxes in order to protect them from dust and light.
4. To celebrate creativity, openness, tolerance and generosity from all stakeholders. Its objective is to be a place–both offline and online–where diverse cultural, artists, social reformers and politicians are welcome. It is committed to share the most thought-provoking modern and contemporary art, ethnic art, culture, education and classic literature of India.
5. To invite the British Library and the American Centre which are known for online or offline services around the globe. They will provide their world class services and flow of information such as books, periodicals, journals, reports, reference works and databases covering all aspects of education and research to scholars, teachers and students and other stakeholders.
It will be one of the most comprehensive resource centers and one of the best libraries in the country and abroad with a vast collection. The centre will be housed in an air-conditioned hall which will have three spacious reading rooms to fulfil the academic needs and curricular interests of students as well as keep them abreast of the latest developments around the world. Its facilities will be shared between research associates, faculty members, students and visitors. IIME will also set up Knowledge Power Groups which will update these facilities in consultation with Indian and foreign experts.
The proposed multimedia centre will be a unique experiment towards IT integration. Computer education will be an integral part of campus life. The hi-tech facilities will be provided in modern, spacious and well-equipped computer labs where state-of-the-art hardware and software with a local area network and Internet facility will be available. It will be equipped with the latest multimedia technology and a range of online self-instruction courses on CDs. Scholars and students will be able to access and avail through distance learning the curriculum and lectures of the best schools and universities of the world.
Highly trained, qualified, experienced, and result-oriented faculty will be recruited from India and abroad. The staff selected solely on the criterion of excellence, will receive advanced training from a panel of experts to ensure a uniformly progressive orientation in India and abroad.
B. CENTRE FOR RESEARCH ON THE MARWARIS
The Marwari community has played a significant role in the social, cultural and economic development of the country. It participated actively in the wars fought by Indians for their independence, be it the 1857 Mutiny or the freedom struggle. This fact is amply supported by a number of documents and records of British India that are proof of the sacrifices and martyrdom achieved by many members of the community during the freedom struggle. Unfortunately, historians have not given sufficient consideration to this fact and the contribution of the Marwaris in the freedom struggle has not been recognised for what it was.
Owing to the paucity of research and literature pertaining to the Marwaris, it is pertinent to bring out the lesser known facts about them. The Marwaris made a significant contribution to the business and industrial growth of the country in its pre-independence as well as post-independence era. This centre will conduct comprehensive and authentic studies to bridge the wide chasm that prevails in the absence of dedicated research, and incorporate details about the multi-faceted personalities and trailblazers of the community, who have left their footprints at the national and international levels.
Besides educational, cultural and literary development, the Marwaris have actively participated in scientific research, constructive politics and other creative professions. Above all, their willingness to contribute towards the well-being of the public at large has given the community a distinct and special identity. Not only this, the doyens of this community have established a number of business townships and set records for using the money thus earned for public good. The zeal of the Marwaris was commended by national leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, among others.
IIME will also create awareness about the glorious past and present of the Marwaris and conduct research studies on various topics related to the Marwari community. It has already set up a Business History Museum to preserve the rich heritage of the community and will organise seminars in all the states to highlight the contribution of Marwaris in various fields. Documentary films on the multi-dimensional aspects of the community will be prepared and screened for the public. The centre will also honour those Marwaris who have played a pivotal role in the social and economic development of the country. Young Marwaris will be provided relevant guidance and even financial assistance, if required. The centre will formulate and explore the potential for new industries in Rajasthan and apprise the Marwaris about it. It will prepare public welfare and rural development plans for Marwari industrialists for their implementation in the state of Rajasthan.