IIMs’ autonomous identity will not be negotiated: Smriti Irani
It was stated clearly in a conference meeting on Friday by Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani that the independence of the Indian Institute of Managements (IIMs) will not be put at stake under the deliverance of the proposed IIM draft bill.
She stated after her meeting with Kiran Mazumdar, Chairman of Indian Institute of Management (Bangalore), "For the first time, the IIMs were asked to prepare the draft of the bill themselves. The bill was later put in the public domain inviting suggestions from all stakeholders.”
The bill will be presented in the Parliament in the next session. The IIMs did not grab a hint that under the influence of the new bill, the visitor will be the Indian President, and all the managerial appointments at IIMs would have to be sanctioned by him.
Shaw was quoted saying: "I am extremely glad that the government has addressed all our concerns in the new bill with regard to autonomy of IIMs. Other IIMs having almost similar concerns must be happy with the new bill,"
She even shared her pleasures on the social media, and tweeted, "Had a fruitful mtg with @HRDMinistry to discuss n resolve issues around autonomy n accountability of IIM Bill - I`m satisfied @smritiirani."
"The government will ensure that the character of IIMs as the institute of national importance will be maintained and there will be no compromise on their autonomy," said VS Oberoi, Secretary, Higher Education in the HRD ministry.