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PIM creating ‘Smart Campus’ to expand and diversify its mandate

Prof. Ajantha S. Dharmasiri, Director, PIM, laying the foundation-stone
Prof. Ajantha S. Dharmasiri, Director, PIM, laying the foundation-stone

The Postgraduate Institute of Management, the Nation’s Management Mentor, on its march to fulfill the mandate to provide the country’s much needed echelons of management, has now reached the desired maturity after three decades of excellence. Its continued performance excellence, has earned a brand identity, while the resultant demand to cater to a larger clientele has obviously compelled the Institute to expand to accommodate a larger intake of management postgraduate aspirants.

It is with this sacred intention that PIM launched the construction of the second phase of its building, a ‘mirror- image” of the existing structure, by laying the foundation stone at a specially laid site, at the auspicious time on Monday, September 02, 2019, by Prof. Ajantha S. Dharmasiri, Director, PIM, amidst the chanting of ‘Seth Pirith’ by Weragoda Gnana

Maha Thero of Sri Lankaramaya, Lesley Ranagala Mawatha, while invoking the of blessings of Ragu Sharma Kurukkal of the Ganapathy Kovil, Arunodaya Mawatha, Maulavi Sheikh M. Akram Noormin, Director, Noornia Arabic School, Matara, and Father Nihal Ivan Perera of All Saints Church, Borella. This solemn event, a landmark in the annals of PIM, was graced by the Institute’s Faculty and staff.

In today’s world of higher education, Institutes face many challenges by way of brand competition, diversification and modernizing infrastructure. They in fact, need modern world class infrastructure and facility management.

These facilities lead to the creation of airy and spacious learning, teaching environments which are now considered as critical to any seat of higher education. Further, the basic teaching - learning process of such an Institute should be strengthened by other ancillary facilities including a well organized and sufficiently spaced IT Centre, a well structured library, discussion rooms, adequately accommodating classrooms, record rooms, staff restrooms, faculty rooms as well as sanitary facilities, including a hygienically maintained cafeteria. Other important components include, inter alia, an administrative hub and a sufficiently large car-park.

Taking cognizance of all these features and facilities, the new building has been designed, while it represents a ‘mirror-image’ of the existing building. The estimated duration for the completion of the building is 24 months.

It is expected that the completion of the new building would create a “smart-campus” for the PIM, which would enable it to serve the country by absorbing a larger annual intake of management postgraduate aspirants. The ceremony was compered by K. A. I. Kalyanaratne, Management Consultant, PIM.

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