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RS passes bill to grant more autonomy to IIMs

The bill gives them powers to award degrees instead of postgraduate diplomas

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The IIM Indore currently has 600 students across the five years (every year around 120 students are admitted). Two batches of the five-year programme have graduated; they receive a diploma from the institute and most get a degree through IGNOU. PHOTO
IIM Indore.

The on Tuesday passed a bill, extending greater autonomy to the (IIMs) by restricting the government's role in their functioning and granting them power to award degrees to their graduates.

The Bill, 2017 -- which was passed in the in July this year -- grants statutory powers to the in their running including the appointment of directors and faculty members.

The bill gives them powers to award degrees instead of postgraduate diplomas.

"The bill offers autonomy to these institutes. Through this bill we will remove all interference of the government, bureaucracy in the functioning of the They will themselves decide how to manage and run these institutes," said while initiating a discussion.

Replying to the debate, he said the rules would be framed soon and assured the members that their suggestions would be considered. The bill was passed by the unanimously.

The assured the House that no poor students would be denied admission in and said the would bear the interest on the education loan.

He said the existing board of IIMs would continue but changes would be made to comply with the provisions of this bill related to representation of SC, ST and women in the board of governors.

Javadekar said that the would withdraw its four representatives from the board.

Jairam Ramesh of the earlier sought to know about the fate of the existing boards.

Justifying the autonomy for IIMs, Javadekar said, "This is new beginning...We must start believing in our best educational institutes."

He said the was thinking of granting greater autonomy to best institutions. "Good institutions should have freedom," he added.

Seeking support from the opposition parties, he added that the bill seeks to bring about a positive change in the educational system in the country and hence should be supported wholeheartedly.

member MV Rajeev Gowda, while supporting the bill, asked the government to ensure that the lack of resources do not come in the way of anybody who wishes to study in the IIMs.

While laying emphasis on identifying talent for the faculty positions, he also asked the government to ensure that SCs, STs and OBCs get scholarships and get admissions for doctoral programmes around the world.

"This initiative should be taken on a mission mode," Gowda said.

D Raja of the CPI said said the legislation should ensure academic freedom and end social discrimination. He also advocated more spending on education.

(SP) said the educational syllabus should be uniform across the country and demanded that government investment on education be increased. He also said there should not be any politics in education.

member N Gokulakrishnan, Nadimul Haque (TMC), Kahkashan Parveen of JD(U), Prasanna Acharya (BJD), K Somaprasad of CPI(M), (YSRCP), (Shiv Sena) also participated in the debate.

First Published: Wed, December 20 2017. 02:07 IST