The Institute is today a centre of excellence which acts as a think tank and an intellectual resource base for the plantation and associated agri-business sector. It is an exclusive sectoral school of management based on a new model of intensive institute-industry interaction. Institute is actively supported by the Industry through its uniquely designed Faculty Finance Support Scheme. Commodity Boards and several leading corporates have instituted chairs at the Institute. Currently, the chairs have been instituted by Tata Tea Limited, Goodricke Group Limited, WIlliamson Magor Group and Tata Coffee Limited. In return, Institute provides intellectual support to the Industry through its research, brainstorming workshops and seminars etc.