The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are amending their statutes to disqualify habitually absent members of their Boards of Governors (BoG) that include some of the country’s top corporate executives, scientists and technocrats.
The decision follows repeated absenteeism at the BoG meetings of the country’s top engineering schools, which on several occasions forced the meetings to be cancelled because a quorum could not be achieved.
Top IIT and government sources told HT that under the amended statutes, any BoG member who does not attend at least two Board meetings in a year, will be removed from the top administrative body of the IIT. Each IIT has a BoG, headed by a chairman picked by the President.
The proposed amendments to the statutes will also bring down the necessary number of members present for the Board’s quorum, from six at present, to four, the sources said.
The move to reform the BoGs and act against absentee members by the IITs comes after two government panels tasked with suggesting reforms to the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) suggested similar changes for the top B-schools.
The IIM boards include top industrialists like Mukesh Ambani (chairman, IIM Bangalore) and Vijaypat Singhania (chairman, IIM Ahmedabad).
NIIT’s Rajendra Pawar is a member of the IIT Delhi BoG, while former Tata Steel managing director B Muthuraman is the chairman of the IIT Kharagpur BoG. Scientists M Anandakrishnan and Anil Kakodkar head the BoGs of IIT Kanpur and IIT Bombay respectively.
Former science and technology ministry secretary VS Ramamurthy is chairman of the IIT Delhi BoG.