The administrative crisis that was staring at the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (IIM-L) has deepened further as Prof Rajiv Kumar Srivastava, who held additional charge of interim director of the institute, stepped down “totally on his own request” on Monday.
“He (Prof Rajiv Kumar Srivastava) has stepped down today totally on his own request,” said Jamshed J Irani, chairman-Board of Governors, IIML in an email to Hindustan Times on Monday. Irani added, “There is no news yet from the HRD Ministry (about his successor).”
On July 1, HT front-paged a story indicating at the administrative crisis at IIM-L. The news report said that Prof Srivastava wanted to relinquish the additional responsibility citing health reasons and he wanted to be relieved of the interim director post from July 7, 2015. However, he will continue as professor.
In his email to HT, Irani further said, “I have issued 2 circular notices today to tide us over this temporary situation.” But he never explained the content of those two circulars that he was referring to.
Srivastava was given the job after Prof Devi Singh’s tenure ended in September 2014. He was given the interim charge of director for a period of six months or till appointment of a regular director. When the six-month term ended in March, he was asked to continue on the post because it was felt that a new director would be named by June end.
When asked about the appointment of a new director, Irani had earlier said: “The papers and our recommendation are with the ministry for the past one month.” But so far it has not finalized name of a new director.
Remember, Srivastava did not attend the important board meeting held in Noida on June 22 citing health reasons. It may be mentioned that Irani, in an interview to HT in March 2015, had categorically said that 'achche din' had not ushered in for IIM-L.
He had then added that in the absence of a full-time director, even the best of institutions suffered and IIM-L was no exception. In that interview, Irani said, “In the absence of regular director, the institute is not able to take long term decisions.”