BANGALORE: The board of governors of the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIM-B) will meet next week to discuss the human resource development ministry’s decision to turn down its proposal to set up a campus in Singapore.

“We will discuss all options (about offering courses in Singapore) at the meeting next week,” IIM-B director Prakash G. Apte said.

The Ministry Wednesday turned down the proposal from IIM-B, one of the six IIMs, India’s premier managements schools, saying that it should first focus on meeting the domestic demand.

“We have been told to first meet the growing demand for management graduates in the country before venturing outside. We don’t think the ministry has an issue if we offer short-term programmes overseas,” Apte said.

The board, headed by Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, will meet Jan 20 to explore options for the institute’s Singapore plans.