The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) at Bangalore, Indore and Kozhikode has joined IIM Ahmedabad in receiving full autonomy. The modified memorandum of association will pave the way for a smaller board of directors, down to 12-14 from the existing 28+ in some cases.
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 HRD Ministry sources.
The IIM autonomy issue has met stringent opposition from the faculty, in particular at IIM Calcutta and IIM Bangalore. The best way to understand the faculty’s point of view is to read this article in the Economic & Political Weekly by two IIM Bangalore professors.
While Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication in Pune restricted Internet access for its students, IIM Ahmedabad has stopped its canteen from delivering food to hostel rooms. Newspapers report that that this hasn’t gone down well with the school’s student committee which thinks that the 30-minute walk from the dorms to the canteen wastes time amidst a hectic schedule. But the institute authorities have a justification,
An administrative official at IIM-A said, “The students are getting used to a life in which they are being served. However, we believe that this is not what they should be learning. We planned to discontinue the room service as we wanted the students to face the reality and responsibilities of life by letting them handle the hygiene of their own rooms.” At least 750 PGP students stay in the 25-odd dorms at IIM-A.’’
IIM Indore’s 5-year PGP after class XII which has run into rough weather with the Human Resources Development Ministry has finally received minister Kapil Sibal’s nod. However, the school has had to remove the 3-year exit option altogether. Students will now have to stay put through the course for 5 years.
In an open letter to prospective candidates to be put on IIM Indore’s website on Saturday, IIM Indore’s director is expected to make it clear that students will only get a diploma at the end of five years and there will be no exit option after three years. The institute will also issue an advertisement in leading newspapers on Monday to ensure that the message reaches candidates.
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