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'Each state should have one IIM'

Amid quota row, a parliamentary panel on the HRD also suggested in its report raising number of seats in existing ones.

india Updated: May 28, 2006 13:35 IST

With controversy raging over OBC quota in higher education, a Parliamentary panel has suggested setting up at least one IIM in each state and increasing number of seats in existing ones.

Government should create more opportunities for students in the country by opening at least one IIM in each state and increase the number of seats in existing IIMs, the Standing Committee on HRD said in its report.

Noting that almost 15 to 20 per cent of the faculty posts were lying vacant in the IIMs, the Committee said the vacancies that would arise due to retirement could always be accounted in advance and steps taken to fill them as soon as it arose.

"The Committee, therefore, wonders what prevents the IIMs from filling up the vacancies. Interestingly, the Department admits that there is no shortage of trained faculty," it said.

Recommending that the Government and the IIMs should ensure that all the faculty positions were filled up at the earliest, it said if the IIMs could not fill the vacancies the Committee may be apprised about the reasons for the delay.

The Committee recommended that the government should chalk out a plan in consultation with IIMs to ensure that over a period of time the IIMs become self-supporting and not depend on government for normal functioning.

While IIMs at Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Kolkata were generating their own resources for their functioning, government provides financial assistance both under plan and non-plan to IIMs at Indore, Lucknow and Kozhikode.