The Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani clarified on Friday that the autonomy of the Indian Institute of Managements (IIMs) wont be compromised under the proposed IIM draft bill.
She claimed that “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,” after a meeting with the Indian Institute of Management (Bangalore) chairman Kiran Mazumdar.
Smriti Irani also claimed that the IIMs weren’t aware of the fact that under the new bill the president of India will be their visitor and was believed that all the high-level appointments at the IIMs will be approved via the president.
The IIMs are pleased with the bill passed by Smriti Irani
Shaw stated that “I am extremely glad that the government has addressed all our concerns in the new bill with regard to autonomy of IIMs.”
She also told the media people that “Other IIMs having almost similar concerns must be happy with the new bill.”
The meeting with the HRD Minister Smiriti Irani seemed to clear up all the doubts and grieviences the IIMs were facing. According to Shaws tweet : “Had a fruitful mtg with @HRDMinistry to discuss n resolve issues around autonomy n accountability of IIM Bill – I`m satisfied @smritiirani.”
The Secretary of Higher Education in the HRD misnistry VS Oberoi claimed that the government will ensure that the character of the IIMs as the Institute of national importance will not be thwarted and will be maintained and there will be no compromise on their autonomy.
The bill is most likely to be tabled in the parliament in their next session.
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