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IIM foreign campuses have to wait

To tone down the controversy created by the government's rejection of the proposal put forward by IIM Bangalore to open a campus in Singapore, Union HRD Minister Arjun Singh on Tuesday said the government can consider opening of foreign campuses provided the institutes amend their MoAs.

india Updated: Jan 18, 2006 15:33 IST
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To tone down the controversy created by the government's rejection of the proposal put forward by IIM Bangalore to open a campus in Singapore, Union HRD Minister Arjun Singh on Tuesday said the government can consider opening of foreign campuses provided the institutes amend their MoAs.

“There is no provision in their MoAs to establish brick and mortar campuses abroad as of now. If this is amended, we will consider the proposal for a foreign campus,” Singh told a television channel.

Reacting to the controversy for the first time, the minister said that these institutes are run on MoAs and are entitled for research project tie-ups in foreign countries. The minister also pointed out that the IIMs are not corporate bodies as the government has spent funds to create and support their infrastructure.

“There may be some IIMs which have become financially sound, but the others are still being funded by the state,” he said. Ministry officials say only IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Bangalore take no financial help from the ministry. Though some IIMs may be having a corpus, the minister said they are not independent companies free to go anywhere they may like.

“They are still government bodies,” he said. Answering the charge that the IIMs are not totally unanimous, the minister said, "Under no circumstances, not even in the least have I ever interfered in their autonomy. I had only said that they must also enable poor students to get in. The demand for management studies is not yet met in the country, especially for the poor.”

First Published: Jan 18, 2006 15:33 IST