Wednesday, July 20, 2011

3 more IIMs set to get autonomy

After the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A), three others have succeeded in getting autonomy for themselves. Their memoranda of association (MoAs) have been approved by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and sent to the Law Ministry for opinion, after which they will be ratified and the institutes notified. Now only IIMs in Kolkata and Lucknow remain to get autonomy. “We are discussing it with our faculty and other members of the society,” said an official from IIM-Calcutta.

As per the new amendments in the MoA in case of the four IIMs — Ahmedabad, Indore, Bangalore and Kozhikode — these can set up overseas campuses as they are now allowed to buy and sell property. But in doing so, they can’t use public funds or the money they raise by selling membership of the societies, according to MHRD sources.

The MoA with the government with the amendments allowing them to select their own directors and allowing corporate houses to be part of the society membership for a sponsorship cost are nothing new. The autonomy to shortlist own director existed until 2001. When Murli Manohar Joshi took over the MHRD in 2002, he said the directors would be appointed by the government. Currently, a search-cum-selection committee set up by the government selects the directors. The amended MoA reduces the role of the government.

Now the board will select a panel of three names and send it to the ministry, which will then pick a name for the director’s position.Even the board will be limited to 12-14 people with only two members from the government. “We were interested in reducing the size of the board, bringing down the Centre’s representation, and having the director make nominations,” said a ministry official.

Among the various amendments allowing for greater autonomy, one says in case a legislation allows institutes to award degrees in the future, IIMs won’t have to ask for another amendment. The last time amendments were made to the MoAs was more than a decade ago.

Source: The Indian Express, July 20, 2011
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