Bangladesh Institute of Management (BIM) can be traced back to 1961 when its precursor, the Management Development Centre, East Pakistan, was established. It is the outcome of a tripartite project known as ‘East Pakistan Management Development, Supervisory, and Instructor Training Centre’. To establish this project, a plan of operation was signed by the then Government of Pakistan, the United Nations and the International Labour Organization in 1960.
The project came into being on January 1, 1961, under the administrative control of the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Social Welfare (Labour and Social Welfare Division) of the then Central Government of Pakistan which was subsequently transferred to the Provincial Government of East Pakistan in December 1963. In 1970 the East Pakistan Government Educational and Training Institutions Ordinance, 1961 (East Pakistan Ordinance No. XXVI of 1961) was made applicable for Management Development Centre with effect from July 1, 1970 thereby providing the center with autonomous status. In 1966 apart from offering short term, subject specific training programs, a specialized, year-long Postgraduate Diploma in Personnel Management was introduced by the Centre.
After the independence of the country in 1971, the institute was vested with the responsibility of building up human resources of the newly independent country. Between 1972 and 1975, the public sector was the predominant sector of the economy and the majority of the clients of the institute were drawn from the public sector enterprises. The institute was further involved in providing training to the members of what was proposed to be the Industrial Management Service (IMS).
With gradual shift in development focus and liberalization of the economy from around 1975, there was a distinct shift in focus of the activities of BIM. The client base was also changed from a predominantly public sector to a mix of public and private sector. From the late 1970s to the mid-1980s, the institute was the recipient of major Technical Assistance Projects, which resulted in a major transformation of the institute.
It became a hub of management training with participants drawn from public, private, and NGOs. In 1981, a one-year-long, Postgraduate Diploma in Industrial Management was introduced. In the early 1990s, the then Bangladesh Management Development Centre (BMDC) was faced with a strategic decision-making situation. Due to the proliferation of training institutes in both the public sector as well as the NGO sector and because of limited client base, the BMDC was faced with stiff competition in the field of short, subject-specific training programs.
The number of participants per course was dwindling as were the number of courses. Against this backdrop, the BMDC took a far-reaching strategic decision to introduce a number of year-long, post-graduate diploma courses. Three such academic programs — Post-Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management, Post-Graduate Diploma in Financial Management, Post-Graduate Diploma in Computer Science were introduced.
Response to these new diploma programmes, particularly for computer science, was encouraging. During early nineties, in the context of opening up of the market, structural changes and private sector driven growth strategy for rapid development, requirement for qualified human resources was anticipated. Against that backdrop the Bangladesh Management Development Centre (BMDC) started the process of restructuring itself so as to enable it to offer academic programs designed to create professionals.
It was in that light the Bangladesh Management Development Centre (BMDC) was converted into an institute-the Bangladesh Institute of Management (BIM) opening up opportunities to offer postgraduate degree programs in Business Administration like, Executive MBA, Masters in Human Resource Management etc. While Training, Research and Consultancy are the three mandated activities of BIM; the major thrust during the last decade has been on training and Post-Graduate Diploma Programmes.
International Conference on Industrial and Mechanical Engineering and Operations Management (IMEOM)
Industrial Engineering and Operations Management(IEOM) Society of Bangladesh, a country chapter of IEOM society International, in collaboration with BIM has been organized the 2nd International conference on Industrial and Mechanical Engineering and Operations Management (IMEOM) on 12-13 December, 2019 at Bangladesh Institute of Management (BIM), Dhaka Bangladesh.
The objective of the conference is to share the knowledge and publish quality articles from the traditional and advanced areas, Engineering Management, Industrial Management, IPE and ME discipline thus bringing the professionals, engineers, academicians, researchers, and scientist community who will contribute in this conference by sharing their experiences and knowledge under the leadership of Dr. Engr. Mamunur Rashid, SMC and Head Production Management Division.