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Amrita Patel new interim chairperson of IRMA

Amrita Patel, the bete noire of Verghese Kurein, has been elected as interim chairperson of the Institute of Rural Management, Anand.

india Updated: Jun 08, 2006 18:37 IST

Amrita Patel, the bete noire of India's 'milkman' Verghese Kurein, has been elected as interim chairperson of the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA) by the institute's board.

"The board has unanimously accepted the resignation of Kurien," V Ramchandran, an IRMA board member and chairman Centre for Management, Thiruvananthapuram, told media-persons after the board meeting in Anand, Gujarat.

He said Patel has been elected by the board as the "interim chairperson" of IRMA.

The board has constituted a three-member committee headed by Patel to propose suitable names for a new Chairman, who will replace Kurien. "This committee has been asked to recommend the names within a month," Ramchandran said.

He said Patel had told the board that she was not in the running for the chairmanship of IRMA.

The board also removed acting IRMA director LK Vasvani and elected Neelima Khaitan as the interim director.

"The same committee has been asked to propose names for a new director of IRMA within 19 days," Ramchandran added.

The Director of Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad Bakul Dholakia and Vijay Mahajan are the two other members of this committee.

Earlier, the board passed a resolution appreciating Kurien's guidance to IRMA for over 25 years.

"It was an inspiring leadership provided by Kurien which led to the growth of IRMA as a unique institution of high repute. The board hopes to continue to build on those foundations taking IRMA forward in its mission," the board observed.

Amrita Patel was once the protege of Kurien. But the two parted ways in the late 1990s after differences emerged between them on several issues, including marketing of milk thorough the co-operative network.

Patel is at present the Chairperson of National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), a post once held by Kurien.

Last year, the battle between the two came out in the open during the convocation ceremony of IRMA, when Kurien prevented some of the board members, including IIMA director Bakul Dholakia from attending a board meeting preceding the convocation. The battle between the two had also reached the courts.

First Published: Jun 08, 2006 18:37 IST