UPA-era search panel for 2 IIM heads scrapped

  • Brajesh Kumar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 10, 2015 01:39 IST

The HRD ministry has scrapped the UPA-appointed search committees for the appointment of directors of IIM Lucknow and Ranchi. The HRD ministry also said a new search committee be set up.

The ministry’s move on Thursday came after the NDA government dragged its feet over the appointment of directors for over six months.

“The chairman of the board of governors JJ Irani received the letter from the ministry saying the committee has been scrapped asking him to begin the process of appointing another committee,” an IIM Lucknow official told HT.

A ministry official confirmed a similar letter had been sent to IIM Ranchi. Both the letters, however, did not specify any reasons for scrapping the committees.

The ministry’s communication to IIM Lucknow came after it shot off a number of letters asking the ministry why it was not taking the final call on the appointment. The search panel formed under the UPA government had completed the process of drawing up a list of eligible candidates and recommended the same in June last year.

On September 25 the chairman of the board of governors sent a letter to secretary, higher education asking the ministry for an early settlement of the issue as “the institute must have a regular director to guide it.”

A month later he followed up with another letter this time writing to the HRD minister Smriti Irani asking her to either take a call on the recommendation of the search committee or scrap it and start the process of appointment afresh.

Higher education secretary SN Mohanty was not available for comments.

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