The NDA government has a major task ahead of it — finalising the appointments to various key institutions of higher learning.
Three Indian Institutes of Management (IIM), 10 Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIIT) and 12 Central universities are headless with the human resource development (HRD) ministry yet to give its final approval to the appointments despite all the formalities for their selection completed a few months ago.
The tenure of Devi Singh, the former director of IIM Lucknow came to an end on March 9 this year. The process for appointing the next director was started in January. A search-cum-selection committee was set up. The list of candidates was submitted to the ministry in June. Since then the final approval is pending with the HRD ministry.
Much like IIM Lucknow two other IIMs — Ranchi and Kozhikode — have been waiting for a word on their new directors.
While the tenure of IIM Kozhikode director Debashis Chatterjee came to an end in April this year, MJ Xavier resigned as director of IIM Ranchi in September last year.
AC Muthiah, the chairman of IIM Kozhikode, confirmed that the search and selection committee sent in its recommendations to the HRD ministry a couple of months back.
“The short-listing of candidates for the director’s position was done a while back but we haven’t heard from the HRD ministry,” he told HT.
Higher education secretary Ashok Thakur could not be contacted for his comments, though sources in the ministry indicated the government is keen to scrap most of the selection-cum- search-committees and their recommendations and start the process of appointments afresh.