On February 9, 2017 (Thursday) the IIM Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha. It mentioned that the name of the existing IIM located in Calcutta, registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 will be changed. From now onwards, the prestigious institute will be recognized as IIM Kolkata. The Bill mentions that “name of the institute incorporated under this Act” will be “Indian Institute of Management Kolkata”.
On similar lines, the name of IIM Shillong will also be changed. It is perhaps the first instance of a Gandhi family name being dropped from a leading educational institution. The IIM started operations in 2008 as the Rajiv Gandhi Indian Institute of Management Shillong. It should be noted that IIM Shillong is the only institute in India among the 23 IIMs which has been named after former Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi. Due to orientation of political parties, the name of the institute political leaders opposed it in 2008. However, after nine years, the government is likely to arrive at a decision regarding the issue. But, the final decision of the government will be out soon.
On the other hand, IIM Bangalore’s name will not be changed to IIM Bengaluru. While it is known to us that ‘Calcutta’ has been changed to Kolkata in 2001, and ‘Bangalore’ has been changed to Bengaluru in 2014 to better reflect local language usage.
Another announcement of the IIM Bill mentioned that the Central government has approved the appointment of directors for 10 Indian Institutes of Management on February 10, 2017. Currently, the appointment of directors for four IIMs is pending, and the appointment of the Directors will be made soon.
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