The Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) is a public urban business school established in 1961. With the active support of the Government of India, the Government of Gujarat, Harvard Business School, and prominent members of Indian industry, the IIMA was the outcome of such an innovative initiative. IIMA has been consistently ranked as the premier management school in the country by several national agencies. Its programmes are also ranked highly in several international rankings. In 2008, IIMA became the first management school in the country to be awarded EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) accreditation by the EFMD.