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IIMM has set up CRIMM in Kolkatta jointly with the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management (ISWBM). A MOU was signed with ISWBM as early as 17th February 1997. ISWBM is the first management institute of India, setup in 1953 and inaugrated by Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, the then Prime Minister of India. CRIMM was officially inaugurated on April 04, 1997 at kolkatta.

Activities of CRIMM in brief

  • To promote research in Materials Management discipline.
  • To create professorship, other faculty and research position for higher education in Materials Management particularly as modules of Fellowship/Doctoral Programmes and to conduct research in selected area of Materials Management and allied disciplines.
  • To collaborate with industry for furthering the academic advancement of Materials Management and its application to industry.
  • To take up project consultancy work in Materials Management.

Centre will act as a nodal point for co-ordination and integration of research information in the field of Materials Management for on going and completed research work in other countries.


  • To promote research in materials management discipline.
  • To collaborate with industry for furthering the academic advancement of materials management and its application to industry.
  • To take up project consultancy work in materials management.
  • To render assistance to industries in problem solving projects, development activities, etc.


The formal inauguration of the Center was held on 4th April, 1997 in kolkatta. Prof. Satya Sadhan Chakraborty, Hon’ble Minister for Higher Education, Govt. of West Bengal, inaugurated the Centre. In the first year some Full Time Research Associates have been appointed whose research studies are in progress in different facets of Materials Management studies – "Characteristics of Efficient Materials Management System – A Comparative Study", "Quality Assurance in Materials Management – A TQM Approach" etc.

A co-operation agreement is being executed by CRIMM with other 3 Research Centres of the world –

  • "European Centre for Research in Purchasing & Supply", Vienna, Austria.
  • "Centre for Advanced Purchasing Studies", Arizona, USA.
  • "Centre for Advanced Purchasing Studies for Africa", Johannesburg, South Africa.

CRIMM is being being considered as a Research Centre in Asia under IFPMM. Thereby it will have a global recognition.

Research Associates
The candidate should have a Master Degree in any subject/discipline or equivalent professional Management qualification i.e. PGDBM, PGDMM etc. with atleast 50% marks in aggregate at the graduation and post-graduation level. The candidate should have experience in working in Materials Management discipline or allied areas in industries. In case of highly experienced candidate in the field of Materials Management, and/or Engineering Graduates, Master Degree may be dispensed with. Preference will be given to industries sponsored candidates and in that event the area and tenure of research studies will be as per specific requirement of the respective industry. The Centre will provide all support to the industry to sort out their specific problems through research studies by providing research guide to the researcher, library facilities, computer lab, national and international periodicals and journals and necessary counselling and analysis of the problems. The fees for such research studies will depend on the specific problem/area and the tenure, which will be borne by the sponsoring organisation.

Those who will take up such Fellowship research studies on their own expenses, will have to bear the expenditure on their own. The Research Associates, both sponsored and non-sponsored candidates, may undertake such research studies simultaneously with their normal working in the organisation by attending the Centre from time to time as per instructions to be given by the research guide. Except in case of specific requirement of research studies by industries for short tenure, in all other cases the tenure of the full programme will be for 2 years.

The duration of study will comprise basic theoretical course required for carrying out the research, project, field survey, data collection, system study, conceptual analysis of the problems and going through dissertation exercise.

Research Project
The Research Project selected by the researcher will have to be approved by the Board. The final assessment will be made at the end of second year based on which the Research Paper will be forwarded to the Board. The researcher will have to present his case before a selected audience through a Seminar/Symposium. The Board shall be free to suggest changes if required in the project undertaken by the researcher. After incorporating the changes, the dissertation shall be submitted to the Board for examination of the thesis. The thesis will have to be examined by the Board. The majority decision shall prevail in awarding the fellowship.

Advance Management Development Programme
CRIMM will take up research oriented management development programme for industries as per specific requirement.

Governing Committee
A steering Committee has been constituted to oversee the working of the centre consisting of seven members, three from IISWBM, three from IIMM and one from industry.

Indian Institute of Social Welfare & Business Management (IISWBM)
Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management (IISWBM), established in 1953, is the first management institute in india. The institute conducts various management courses MBA (affilated to Calcutta University), DSW (C.U. ), Diploma in Industrial Safety (C.U.), PGDBM, PGDHRM, Public System Management- Environment Management, Energy Management, Transport Management and Hospital Management - all recognised by AICTE, Government of India and Diploma in Travel & Tourism - a programme of the tourism Deptt., Govt. of India. In addition, a number of management Development Programmes are undertaken at the Institute.

IISWBM has got an excellent library with more than 40,000 books, a large number of national and international journals and periodicals covering all area of professional management. The Library is equipped with electronic library and multimedia facilities.

The Institute has got excellent Computer centres consisting of Business Intelligence Lab, Cyber Lab etc. In addition to the computers provided in each and every department, the Institute network is connected through a 64 KBPS leased line.

The faculty strength of the institute is equipped with 45 Full time professors, Assistant Professors, Visiting Professors, Lecturers and 10 Research Fellows/Research Associates/Teaching Assistants. At present there are about 2000 students in the institute undergoing studies in various courses. Hostel accomodation is available to both men and women students. Two hostels for men at Salt Lake and one Hospital is adjacent to the institute Campus are available. The hostel for women is situated near the Institute.

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