...relax faculty recruitment norms
Mandal II HAS made IIMs jittery and desperate. And desperate situations call for desperate measures.
A couple of hours after the IIM-Calcutta director Prof Shekhar Chaudhuri announced on Wednesday that faculty recruitment norms would be relaxed at IIM-C, IIM-L director Prof Devi Singh told HT that he too would do the same.
With quality faculty at a premium, it is expected that other IIMs sitting on the horns of a similar what-to-do dilemma would follow suit. The casualty: the present mandatory criterion of Ph D qualification for IIM teachers.
Of course, the IIMs were aware what was coming. In the interim recommendation to the government forwarded by the Group for Management (GoM) comprising IIM directors, constituted to chart an effective post Mandal II strategy, the IIMs had sought certain concessions in faculty recruitment and other areas to manage the increased intake of students.
And it may not end with merely waiving off the Ph D requirement. IIMs are also seeking to do away with ‘prior sanctions’ required for faculty selection. “The IIMs have already recommended that the board of governors of each IIM be authorised to sanction the extra strength needed to manage the excess students,” a senior IIM-B faculty privy to the GoM recommendations told HT on phone.
The cadre ratio that was strictly maintained in all IIMs, too, is likely to be made flexible. This is likely to help the premier management institutes in recruiting teachers at whatever level they are available.
The management institutes are even willing to open their purse strings and pay packages even “outside the defined salary structure” with add-ons like leased housing to boot to attract teachers. Even then the recruitment-road is going to be tough. As alternatives, the GoM recommended giving suitable compensation to those teachers willing to share the extra load. Also, the IIMs are not opposed to re-employing “retired faculty” up to the age of 70!