LS passes Bill to give autonomy to IIMs

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 Jul 2017 08:49:15


NEW DELHI,

July 28,

(PTI),

THE Lok Sabha on Friday passed a Bill which provides for giving autonomy to the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) by restricting the Government role in their functioning. The Indian Institutes of Management Bill, 2017, grants statutory powers to all the IIMs in their running including appointment of Directors, faculty members besides giving them powers to award degrees instead of post graduate diplomas. HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar described the Bill as “historic” and expressed confidence that it will enable the IIMs as well as the education system to prosper.

“It is greater autonomy and in that direction we want to go,” he said while replying to a debate on the Bill. Justifying the decision to restrict the Government role in the IIMs, Javadekar said that institutes like MIT and Harvard are big and world class because they are free and autonomous. He appreciated the fact that 22 members from various political parties spoke in favour of autonomy for the 20 IIMs and said, it showed that the country is changing. “We are giving real freedom to our institutions. We must trust our best brains,” the minister said. He said that it is already established that the IIMs are the institutions of excellence and “we must accord them the status of national importance”.

On the move to restrict the Government role in the IIMs, which earned him a rare praise from the Opposition parties in the House, Javadekar said that while people mostly do not give up their chair, “my thinking is different”. There will be parliamentary accountability, he said, adding, “I told all the IIM Directors in my recent meeting that this will be our last meeting as a (minister being the) chairman.”