Prakash Javadekar-led Human Resource Development Ministry has acknowledged all the changes which were on the IIM Bill by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), regarding the autonomy to be provided to the premier B-Schools in the country. This move means that the IIMs will have even more autonomy than ever before, according to an Indian Express report. In a second makeover of the Bill after Smriti Irani changed her role and the ministry went to Javadekar, Irani had earlier wanted the relinquish the role of the cabinet or the government, for the appointment of Board of Governers at the IIMs. As reported by The Indian Express, the HRD Ministry is likely to have moved a supplementary Cabinet note which further proposed at least 3 more changes to the Bill. According to the latest draft law version, IIMs are to appoint directors. A selection committee brings out a shortlisted group of names, out of which the name of the director is got through the Appointments Committee of the Union cabinet.
The HRD minister, however, has managed to tell the board of governors that they can now appoint the director. In the new draft, the name of the President who invests the IIMS quite often, is absent, which means that he can not review their wok anymore. Javadekar, the HRD Minister of India, is also the head of the IIM co-ordination forum, but after the change is implemented, some “eminent person” will head the desk. There have been many reports, which suggest reported a difference between PMO and HRD ministry over the Bill. With an aim to dissolve the reach of government control. the Prime Minister’s Office had recommended more than five changes to the draft law which had the idea of giving the IIMs to give out degrees like that.
Yet, during the time of Irani, the HRD ministry did not accept many of the changes, though had agreed to improve the female to male ratio on the BoG. It also decided not to accept the clause that the President of the country will not be able to review any work of the IIMs.