All India Management Association (AIMA), the apex body of the management profession, has announced the appointment of its new President, Senior Vice-President, Vice President and Treasurer. Rajiv Vastupal, Chairman & Managing Director of Rajiv Petrochemicals Pvt Ltd has been elected as President of AIMA for the year 2011-12. He takes over the reins from Gautam Thapar.
The other new office bearers of AIMA include D Shivakumar, who takes over as Senior Vice President and Dr Preetha Reddy, who is the new Vice President.
Vastupal also heads an agency house that imports and exports PE, PP & PVC products, being an agency of Haldia, Finolex, LG, Jindal, etc. It has offices and plants at multi-locations. In addition, he is a philanthropist and contributes to several charities in Gujarat. He has been a President of the Ahmedabad Management Association and founder member of YPO, Gujarat.
Sharing his vision for the future, Rajiv Vastupal said, “My focus as AIMA President would be on enhancing and building the AIMA brand by consolidating its inherent strengths while establishing new avenues and platforms to augment reach. I would also make concerted efforts to strengthen the AIMA LMA network by increased interactions and simultaneously develop and affiliate with new Local Management Associations.”
While speaking at a press conference at Ahmedabad, Vastupal announced the launch of the first computer based test of the AIMA’s much awaited Management Aptitude and Skills Test (MAST). With this launch AIMA has expanded its portfolio and presence in the management domain. The first MAST, held on September 25, 2011 across the country, promises to be an enterprising example of providing a level playing field for management students.
AIMA has developed MAST in consultation with HR departments of many renowned companies, including Maruti Suzuki, Nokia, Tata Communications, Moser Baer, and Max India. The test has been endorsed by top companies, including Britannia, Nokia, SBI Life, Religare, CMC, HDFC Standard Life, JK Cement, Parle, Suzlon, Moser Baer, Wills Lifestyle and Triveni Engineering.
Vastupal shared that AIMA had started the process of setting up a national network of AIMA Centres. The organisation has opened its first AIMA office outside Delhi in Bangalore. He revealed that AIMA planned to set up centres in Pune and Kolkata soon. These centres would work with the regional industry, institutes and governments to improve the management standards and practices in their catchment areas, he added.