Facing criticism from the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) on the draft IIM bill, which virtually hands over all decision-making powers to the government, the human resources development ministry reached out to the premier B-schools on Monday.
While IIM-Ahmedabad director Ashish Nanda was called for a meeting at the ministry, sources said directors of other IIMs would also be called for deliberations soon.
“The ministry has been very considerate in hearing out our concerns and we are confident the issue will be resolved soon,” Nanda told HT after his meeting with ministry officials on Monday.
In a ten-page feedback letter, IIM-A had attacked the draft bill, saying it centralised powers, reducing the IIMs to government departments.
“The combination of clause 3(k) and 36(1) led to the central government assuming sweeping powers currently held by the IIM’s boards,” the letter by IIM-A board chairperson AM Naik, addressed to HRD minister Smriti Irani, had said.
According to clause 36(1), the approval of the central government is required for every decision including fee structure, admission criteria, formation of academic departments, salary of the staff, the board’s constitution etc.
The letter sent by IIM-A came after the HRD ministry invited comments on the draft IIM bill. Earlier, IIM-Lucknow and IIM-Bangalore wrote similar letters asking the ministry to re-draft the bill in consultation with the IIMs.
“While the main body of the bill allows autonomy, the board strongly feels that section 35 and section 36 of the bill interferes with the basis spirit of autonomy and the functioning of the IIMs. Therefore, these sections be completely removed from the bill,” IIM-Lucknow BoG chairman JJ Irani wrote to the ministry on Tuesday.