A pan-IIM council created controversy, fuelled fury in premier institutions
The IIMs had shot down the proposal for the creation of a pan IIM Council in 2008 after the R C Bhargava committee report had first mooted it. The revival of the Council in the draft Indian Institutes of Management Bill has surprised the IIMs.
To be chaired by the Union HRD minister, the Council is envisaged as a body with over 50 members, packed with government officials, save three persons of eminence.
It proposes to “coordinate the activities of all institutes”, deliberate on matters of “common interest”, “review achievements” of policy objectives and make reports on each IIM and recommend appropriate actions that will be acted on by the government.
IIM-Ahmedabad director Samir Barua warns that setting up an overarching IIM Council will end up undermining the powers of the Board of each IIM and work against encouraging innovation and diversity in the IIMs.
“If an IIM Council frames policies and rules for IIMs, the Boards will be undermined. Instead, if need is felt, the Boards should be empowered and made more accountable. That apart, an IIM Act applied across all institutes — some five decades
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