PMO and HRD at loggerheads over IIM rules

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Red-flagging the proposed IIM rules by HRD, PMO has again initiated an autonomous debate with the HRD ministry, reasoning that provisions it seems to be suggesting are contrary to the autonomy promised to IIMs by an Act of Parliament.

As of the conversation, the Prime Minister Office (PMO) has asked the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry about the reason to prescribe anything on student fees at the IIMs despite their autonomous status.  

Stabilising autonomy is a huge challenge as to IIM Rules. Old IIMs and new ones are in contrast over the subject of a self-perpetuating and all–powerful board of governors.

prakash javadekarHRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said, “It is pertinent to retain some provisions in the IIM Rules to ensure that ‘checks and balances’ are made. We have discussed the issue scrupulously with PMO wherein it raised several questions on fees, the signing of MoU by each IIM and removal of board of governors.”

A panel lead by IIM Sirmaur chairman Ajay Sriram has recommended to outline by IIM Rules but the ministry pointed loopholes in them.

Another important aspect wherein the views of both PMO and HRD are in contrast is over removal of the chairperson of the IIM Board. The HRD wants a clause to be incorporated that will give the decision of removal of the chairperson to board as to ‘consensus’ rather than ‘majority’.

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