The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smriti Irani has told the IIMs in the country to focus on the development of original knowledge among the students. Irani urged the IIMs in the recently held conclave meet with the IIMs where she discussed about the 13-point agenda which can channelize the efforts of IIMs to create mechanisms which would help dealing with the challenges faced by the nation in the economic and industrial sectors. The conclave was a part of Pan IIM World Management Conference which was supported by the Ministry of HRD and organized collectively by all the 13 IIMs at the IIM-Kozhikode campus.
Irani said, "The IIMs have been the vanguard of management thinking. Members of the faculty of these institutes have been contributing to global knowledge in management. However, there is a lot that these institutes can do by generating original knowledge in order to contribute to management science. This requires more coordinated, organised and well-planned effort to dovetail with national and international priorities."
Irani also added, "During this conclave, I specifically urge the IIMs to scale up research, specially the socially relevant research, as also to have a greater impact on national policy implementation. I have also directed the IIMs to create a knowledge consortium by bringing together various institutions nationally and internationally."