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IIM Amendment Bill 2023



  Sep 08, 2023

Indian Institutes of Management (Amendment) Bill, 2023


Recent Changes to the Autonomy of Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and Their Implications

 

Background:

In 2017, the IIM Autonomy Bill was passed, granting IIMs enhanced autonomy in functioning while receiving government funding.
 

Current Controversy:

The introduction of the Indian Institutes of Management (Amendment) Bill, 2023 has reignited debates about the autonomy of IIMs.
 
Key Proposal: The bill designates the President as the Visitor on the board of governors for each IIM.
 
This role encompasses powers to nominate and remove pivotal roles, including the director, and supervise IIM operations.
 
Why the Outcry?
 
Critics fear the bill signifies political encroachment, potentially jeopardizing IIMs' independence.
 
The new powers might stifle decision-making and restrict academic liberties.
 

Key Appointments Process:

Earlier Method: Director's appointment was via a committee chaired by the chairperson. This list was then sent to the education ministry for ratification.
 
Amendment’s Proposal: Introduces the Visitor’s nominee into the selection mechanism.
 

Visitor’s Role:

The Visitor (typically the President) has rights to nominate and/or oust the IIM's chairperson and director.
 
Concerns: This might curtail the independent spirit and potential disagreement with governmental directives.
 

Proponents’ Perspective:

Historical Context: They mention that prior to the 2017 bill, government representatives were part of IIM boards, without hampering their excellence.
 
Accountability & Oversight: Emphasize the importance of checks and balances, preventing potential misuse of autonomy.
 

Global Rankings:

Autonomy's Impact: Stakeholders observed that the 2017 autonomy didn’t boost global rankings as anticipated.
 
Amendment’s Objective: Proponents believe the 2023 bill might be a step to redress the aforementioned concerns.
 
Balancing Act: The upcoming trajectory for IIMs hinges on harmonizing autonomy with accountability, ensuring they maintain their globally-renowned stature while safeguarding academic and administrative freedoms.


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