HRD Minister Javedekar to Talk on IIM Autonomy Bill Proposed to gives autonomy to IIMs
Directors of various Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) will be meeting with the Minister of Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar at IIM Shillong to deliberate upon the proposed IIM Autonomy Bill. This bill gives autonomy to institutes to lower the cost of education.
The draft bill proposes to give autonomy to nineteen IIMs, empowering them to award degrees instead of diplomas for their IIMs for their two-year programmes. The draft law is modelled on the IIT Act and has been under deliberation for more than one year now.
Details for IIM Autonomy Bill to be Introduced by the Government:-
This IIM Autonomy Bill is important step in terms of deciding the outcome as all the Directors will be presenting their stand on the draft bill. Atanu Rakshit, Director of IIM Rohtak, says: “Various Directors will be presenting their stand on the bill and along with it some data related to the institute. We are hoping for a positive outcome from the meeting.”
HRD says, “The government desires for IIMs and higher education institutions to get more autonomy and be able to compete in the market based on their quality and grow accordingly. We also have to see that all sections of the society get justice.
The bill also gives autonomy to institutes to “lower the cost of education and to enhance the reach of the education by use of information and communication technology.” However, it has laid down the condition of taking prior approval of the government before making changes in the fee structure. The fee part was one where officials at IIM Ahmedabad, the oldest IIM, had an opposition. In order to take suggestions from IIM-A faculty members and Director, Javadekar had held a closed door meeting with them on Saturday.
All the provisions in this IIM Autonomy Bill are :
- IIM Institutes will be able to decide on the fees structure
- Includes provisions for reservation of students from SC, ST and OBC category
- To Give autonomy to nineteen IIMs
- Institutes will be able to award degrees instead of diplomas
- Institutes will get the freedom to “lower the cost of education and to enhance the reach of the education by use of information and communication technology.”
“The responses have been encouraging”, Javadekar had said after the meeting. He also told journalists that a special panel will review the suggestion on 30th September and then form a draft which will further be circulated for improvement.
The thirteen old IIMs, including Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Lucknow, Indore, Kozhikode, Shillong, Ranchi, Rohtak, Raipur, Tiruchirappalli, Kashipur, Udaipur, and the six new ones, including Visakhapatnam, Bodh Gaya, Rohtak, Sirmaur, Rau and Nagpur, will be able to award degrees to its students once the new IIM Bill is passed in the Cabinet.
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