Prof Bharat Bhaskar was named as the new interim director of the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (IIM-L) on Wednesday for a period of three months or till the appointment of a regular director. He replaces Prof Rajiv Kumar Srivastava who stepped down as interim director of the premier B-School on Tuesday, citing health reasons.
Sources said that first Prof Yogesh Agarwal was contacted to take the additional charge because he was the senior most after Prof Srivastava. But after Prof Agarwal refused to take additional responsibility citing health reasons, Prof Bharat Bhaskar who was next in hierarchy was named as interim director. Prof Bhaskar specialises in information technology and systems.
Prof Bhaskar who was in Noida, told HT that he had received an email and would come back to Lucknow on Wednesday evening. Sources said Prof Bhaskar was roped in only when Prof Agarwal turned down the offer. At one point of time, IIM-L management considered forming a committee comprising two deans and headed by a professor.
Prof Srivastava’s decision of stepping down had deepened the administrative crisis in the business school and brought back into focus a series of controversies that have blighted premier higher educational institutions lately. But with Prof Bhaskar having taken the post for three months, the crisis has been defused at least for now.
After Prof Devi Singh’s tenure ended in September 2014, Srivastava was given the charge of interim director for six months or till the appointment of a regular director. When the sixmonth term ended in March, he was asked to continue as it was expected a new director would be named by the end of June. But on July 7, he relinquished office.