IIMs agree to extend support to set up six new B-Schools
New Delhi, Apr 8 (PTI)
Ending a year-long tussle with the government, the IIMs on Wednesday agreed to provide “all types of support” for setting up six new B-schools in the country which are expected to start functioning from the coming academic session.
At a meeting with Higher Education Secretary R P Agrawal, on Wednesday, the IIM Directors came on board to extend their expertise in establishing new B-Schools.Earlier, the IIMs had expressed their reservation to the idea of mentoring the new IIMs after which the government set up a committee to evolve a suitable module to start the new IIMs.
The three-member committee, comprising director of IIM Ahmedabad Prof Sameer Barua, IIM Kolkata director Prof Sekhar Chaudhury and IIT Kanpur Director Prof S G Dhande, also did not favour the idea of mentoring.“But in today’s meeting, the IIM Directors gave positive indications to provide all types of support for setting up of the new IIMs. We expect the new IIMs would start functioning from the coming academic session,” a top source, who was present at the meeting, told PTI.
The government has decided to set up six IIMs in the states of Tamil Nadu, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, Uttarakhand and Haryana.