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IIM directors to meet Arjun today

A day before the directors of six Indian Institutes of Management are scheduled to meet Human Resource Development minister Arjun Singh, they discussed the issues concerning IIMs threadbare in the Capital on Tuesday.

india Updated: Feb 01, 2006 12:50 IST

A day before the directors of six Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) are scheduled to meet Human Resource Development minister Arjun Singh, they discussed the issues concerning IIMs threadbare in the Capital on Tuesday.

Shekhar Chaudhari, director IIM Calcutta, who chaired the meeting, termed it as a ‘routine affair’ and said nothing extraordinary was discussed. “It was a meeting that was scheduled to be held in Kolkata on February 4, but was preponed as all IIM directors were coming to Delhi,” he said, refusing to reveal more.

The approximately four hour meeting continued till late in the evening with directors of all six IIMs raising their issues. The response that they have received from the ministry was also discussed. Sources said the meeting was not called to prepare a strategy for meeting with Singh but to discuss many of the pending issues. “Lot of issues were discussed and it was much more than the controversy over allowing campus outside India,” a source said.

IIMs have been under fire for charging exorbitant fee thereby depriving the poor section a top management education. The system of admission through the Combined Aptitude Test (CAT) is said to put students under pressure and there has been a demand to simplify the admission system on the lines of IIT-JEE.

All these issues are likely to be discussed when Arjun Singh meets all IIM directors on February 1. One of the major issues on the agenda is looking for ways to give more autonomy to IIMs. Singh has asked IIMs to come prepared to discuss all the issues and ways to strengthen IIM so that they can become international centres of excellence.