The IIMs over the nation has become divided on the IIM draft bill that has provided greater powers to HRD ministry in the functioning of B-schools. According to the bill, the control of policy matter like deciding fees, emoluments and service conditions of the faculty will be in the hands of the HRD ministry.
The six old premiere institutes are taking this a way of ‘micro-managing’ the institutes which will infringe the authority and autonomy of these institutes. Whereas the newly formed eight IIMs pointed out the anxiety over the issue is going on a wrong direction. According to the IIM-Ahmedabad Director Ashish Nanda, the proposed legislation would further become a tool that would ‘micro-manage’ the institutes and ruin the academic excellence of these world-class institutes.
According to the bill proposed there would be construction of IIM Boards which would decide on the matters regarding fees, emoluments and service conditions of the faculty, but only with centre’s approval regarding the same. The bill also mentions a coordination forum which would be chaired by the HRD Minister. According to an IIM professor, who was involved in drafting the bill, showed surprise after seeing the final draft that has been presented by the government. He said, there was no clause in the earlier bill that gave away this much of “overwhelming authority” to the government over ruling the institutes.
According to another IIM director, “The bill, if implemented in its present avatar, will undermine the autonomous status enjoyed by the IIMs. At a time when we are looking at a global footing, the bill could prove to be retrograde.”
According to the draft bill which says the IIMs would be “bound” by government’s direction in policy matters, it said, “Without prejudice to the foregoing provisions of this Act, the Institute (IIMs) shall, for efficient administration of this Act, be bound by such directions on questions of policy, as the Central Government may give in writing to it from time to time.”
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