... mulls operational autonomy

Written by fe Bureaus | Ahmedabad | Updated: Oct 1 2009, 05:22am hrs
Owing to mounting concerns of foreign universities making an entry into the management education arena in India, the board of governing council of the country's premier B-school, the IIM-A has once again taken up the issue of autonomy of the institute in its recently held board meeting at Udaipur.

The institute is mulling greater autonomy, primarily in the operational aspects. Briefing the press, IIM-A director SK Barua said, "In a situation of rising competition, we need to be quipped with greater freedom. We need operational autonomy and not the financial autonomy before allowing entry to the foreign management institutions." IIM-A has been raising its concerns over the introduction of the Foreign Universities Entry and Operations Bill that is pending to be tabled in Parliament.

A Committee for Future Directions (CFD) has been working on the institute's future roadmap. A presentation by the committee was made during the board meet. The aspects put forth by the CFD included greater emphasis on knowledge creation and making IIM-A a creator of new paradigms on management. Further more, CFD proposed greater emphasis on empirical work in the Indian context to make IIM-A the storehouse of knowledge on the Indian economy. "The CFD has also put special emphasis on the enhancement of the brand equity of the institute through engaging in institutional building. The CFD would also examine the issues pertaining to autonomy of the institute, in the wake of rising competition with the foreign universities. Expansion of the faculty size is also on the cards," Barua said.