'IIM council will not affect autonomy'

With the IIM-Ahmedabad opposing the government’s move to set up a council of the premier B-schools and allow them issue degree instead of diploma, the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has clarified that it will not affect their autonomy anyway.

The ministry is formulating a bill to give statutory status to IIMs to enable them issue degree to their students. Setting up of a council of the premier B-schools is one of the components of the proposed legislation, which is yet to take a final shape.

“IIM council will just be a coordinating body and a forum to meet, unlike IIT council (which is highest decision making body of the premier technical institutes). The IIM councils will not have powers to review or issue any directive to B-schools. IIMs will remain autonomous and free to decide on their administrative issues like salaries, appointment and all,” HRD Minister MM Pallam Raju said on Wednesday when his reaction was sought on the issue.

Union Higher Education secretary Ashok Thakur said the move to formulate a bill to give statutory status to IIMs and also set up a council of the B-Schools was not initiated by the Ministry on its own.

“It is other way round. Several IIM directors came and asked for it. We are not thrusting anything on them,” he added. A senior ministry official said that except IIM–Ahmedabad, other IIMs were keen on getting statutory status to their respective institutions.

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