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How IIMs' functioning will change

The IIM Bill, passed by Rajya Sabha, gives B-schools autonomy and power to award full-fledged degrees

Vinay Umarji 

How IIMs' functioning will change

Registration Pre IIM-Act Registered under the Societies Registration Act Post IIM-Act To be registered under an Act of the Parliament Board Pre IIM-Act After a government nod under the UPA regime in 2012 for a modified Memorandum of Association (MoA), some of the older IIMs were empowered to trim the board size from over 26 to 14, appoint alumni members on the board, and decide the pay structure of staff and faculty independent of pay commissions - Of the roughly 15 members, most of the IIMs had two members each as state and central government representatives Post IIM-Act All IIMs now get a 19-member Board of Governors, including 1 chairperson; 4 eminent persons from education, industry, commerce, social service or public administration; 1 SC/ST nominee; 5 alumni/society representatives; 3 women members (if three women members are not there otherwise); 2 faculty representatives; 1 central govt nominee; 1 state govt nominee; and 1 director as ex-officio member - Now, state and central representation reduced to one member each, paving way for alumni, women and eminent persons Appointments Pre IIM-Act Barring a few older IIMs, for most of the IIMs MHRD directly appointed the chairman of the board - Chairman's tenure was 5 years - Barring a few older IIMs, for most of the IIMs MHRD directly appointed the director. Some of the older IIMs have autonomy to set up a search committee but eventually have to send a shortlist of three names to MHRD, which makes the final appointment Post IIM-Act IIMs' boards will now have sole authority to search and appoint a chairman. MHRD's say will be there in form of a board representative - Chairman's tenure is 4 years - Boards of all IIMs will now have the autonomy to set up their and appoint directors as well as fix remuneration Expansion Plans Pre IIM-Act IIMs, especially the newer ones, are subject to MHRD for expansion of campuses into other territories Post IIM-Act The board will decide on campus expansions Advisory Body Pre IIM-Act Unlike a formal and decisive body of IIT Council, directors meet informally at least once or twice a year to discuss and share ideas for governance and academics Post IIM-Act A 30-member Coordination Forum will be formed. It will be headed by an eminent person, apart from one MHRD representative, 2 state secretaries by rotation for one year, 4 chairpersons of IIMs by rotation for 2 years, all directors; and 5 eminent persons including one woman Academic Decisions Pre IIM-Act Boards of IIMs autonomously decide on starting a new programme or revision of fee Post IIM-Act While not much changes here, IIMs may have to inform MHRD on such decisions What Directors are saying Ajit Prasad, Lucknow This is a step closer to granting the degree to the students. Expansion of board to include eminent persons and alumni is much appreciated. Kulbhushan Balooni, Kozhikode This is great news and the Bill moves us to achieve global levels of excellence.

The functional autonomy empowers us to expedite and compete with the international institutes. Saibal Chattopadhyay, Calcutta There is not much that we will have to change in academic activity . What is registered under the Society will now be under an act of the Parliament. And we will be offering MBA and PhDs instead of PGDMs and fellow programmes. G Raghuram, Director, Bangalore Not just the full autonomy of appointing the as well as the director but now also the power to review the performance of the institutes vests with the Board. This will help the IIMs to shape better long-term goals. Janat Shah, Udaipur The Bill grants greater autonomy in governance. There is a lot of dependence that IIMs, especially newer ones, had on the government which has been removed.

First Published: Sat, December 23 2017. 22:23 IST