The controversy over the IIM draft bill escalated Thursday with IIM-Ahmedabad strongly opposing the measure, saying it will curtail autonomy and reduce premier B-schools to mere "operating centres."
"There will be no autonomy left with us if this bill will be implemented," Chairman of IIM-A Board of Governors, A M Naik told reporters adding, "it is like operating here but the control is somewhere else".
The institute has shot off a letter to the HRD Ministry registering its protest on the bill. The Centre had sought their suggestions from IIMs on the proposed bill by June 24.
The directors of Kolkata, Lucknow, Bangalore, Kozhikode and Indore have already opposed the bill while chiefs of some of the new IIMs have supported it.
Naik said the Bill has provisions which gives majority of powers to the government leaving almost nothing for the institute to decide.
"As per the provisions of the Bill, we need to take prior permission of government in matters related to admissions, courses, fee structure, establishment or maintenance of new building and regulating powers of academic council," he said.
He also raised questions about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of setting up at least 25 world class institutions in the wake of such adverse regulations proposed in the Bill.
"PM wishes to have at least 25 world class institutions. But, this kind of regulation will only take us in an opposite direction,"he said.
His views were also endorsed by IIM-A director Prof.Ashish Nanda. According to him, the government has proposed some kind of control in almost every decision that the institute takes.
"The draft bill proposes control of government in almost every matter, such as selection of chairman of board of Governors, fee structure, expenses, etc. They have covered almost everything from strategic to operational decisions,"
The draft says the IIMs will be "bound" by government's directions in policy matters.
"Without prejudice to the foregoing provisions of this Act, the Institute (IIMs) shall, for efficient administration of this Act, be bound by such directions on questions of policy, as the Central Government may give in writing to it from time to time,"it says.