The Directors of Indian Institute of Management are deliberating over the critical issue of “how to include people from socio-economically weaker sections into the faculty”. This issue has become the key concern as HRD Ministry had earlier this year asked IIMs, if they followed SC/ST/OBC quota policy in faculty hiring, leading to a nationwide debate. The government’s reservation policy for socio-economically backward sections requires strategic decision-making as the ‘Brand IIM’ shall not be affected due to this move.
In this regard, the director of IIM-Kashipur mentioned that IIMs can work on a program to train doctoral students from SC/ST category. IIM-Ahmedabad director Ashish Nanda said that “We are very much aware that we should have diverse faculty with different life experiences teaching our students, and we particularly want to make sure that people who are socio-economically on the margins have the opportunity to be in the classroom (as teachers).” He even commented that “Each IIM is very much committed to people of all backgrounds, people of the weaker backgrounds and under-represented minorities, through participation, at the same time maintaining the highest quality standards... we discussed how IIM Kashipur is doing this. Other IIMs may like to follow up based on its experience.”
Taking forward the opinion shared by IIM-A director, the director of IIM Kashipur mentioned that “We have just embarked on this special drive to bring SC/ST doctoral students into the Fellow Programme in Management (FPM). While they will be doing this special FPM, we will also develop them to be faculty in IIMs, so five years down the line we can see results.” In addition, IIM Raipur has also advertised special FPM programme for SC/ST candidates following suggestions from the Union HRD Ministry.
As far as the opinion of the HRD Ministry is concerned, they stand strong over the Constitutional provisions which specify that it is mandatory for the prestigious management schools to enforce quota while short listing the faculty for the institutes.
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