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A Nanda appointed IIM-A director
AHMEDABAD : Professor Ashish Nanda has been appointed the director of IIM-Ahmedabad. He will take charge on September 2, reports DHNS .Prof Ashish Nanda

Nanda, an alumnus of 1983 batch of IIM-A, is a Robert Braucher Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School. He is a gold medallist from IIT-Delhi and IIM-Ahmedabad.

He completed his MA in economics and Ph.D from Harvard University and has been teaching courses in Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School. He is faculty director of executive education and research director at Program on the Legal Profession at Harvard Law School.

Sources said Nanda was chosen from a panel of three names which included strong IIM-A faculty contenders Prof G Raghuram and Prof Rakesh Basant.

It may be recalled that the IIM-A search and selection committee headed by IIM-A board chairman AM Naik had finalised the names of candidates in a board meeting on March 9. The names were subsequently sent to the MHRD for appointment of the new director.

The IIMs had been, for long, seeking approval from the MHRD to allow them to recruit faculty and director from abroad so that they get the best of talent. The MHRD approval came this year and hence the recruitment.

The post was advertised in many overseas journals including The Economist which brought a rich response, the source said.

Ashish Nanda would be drawing a salary of about Rs 20 lakhs per annum, but the MHRD has allowed the IIMs to hike the pay packet up to Rs 1 crore with the rider that the hiked amount be paid  by the IIM from its own resources.

Eminent foreign education institutions pay up to Rs 3.5 crore per annum or more for their top posts.

Nanda a staunch IIM-A supporter has opposed the proposed law to bring IIMs under one umbrella body saying it would curtail its autonomy.

IIM-A opposes umbrella body
AHMEDABAD : Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) has opposed the proposed law to bring IIMs under one umbrella body saying it would curtail its autonomy, reports PTI.

“The bill in parliament which proposes to have an umbrella type of body for IIMs...let us say facilitation which they (govt) say...we have as a society opposed it, the faculty has opposed and the Board of Governors have opposed,” Chairman IIM-A Board of Governor (BoG) A M Naik told newsmen on March 23.

The IIM-A Board of Governors, which met on March 23 ahead of the 48th convocation, opposed the government’s decision to bring IIMs under an overarching body on the lines of IIT

“We have given our representation in writing..I think it will meet with some consideration. because the institutes which have been doing exceedingly well must be left alone..,” Naik said on the sidelines of the convocation held here.

The proposed legislation seeks to confer IIMs the status of institutes of national importance empowering them to award degrees instead of diplomas.

New IIM faculty to follow 160-hour teaching rule
By Charu Sudan Kasturi

NEW DELHI : All new teachers at the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) may have to teach 160 hours a year despite faculty protests against the move and a series of other reforms proposed by two government panels.

The Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry has asked the country's new seven IIMs to implement the new criterion while hiring faculty, top government officials have told HT.

The older IIMs too have the ministry's approval in-principle to use the controversial new rule in hiring new faculty, officials said, adding that the government was clear that it had no intention of forcing any IIM to accept any reform.

“We have instructed the new IIMs to adopt this condition while hiring faculty. The older IIMs too can adopt the mechanism while hiring the new faculty,“ a senior official said. The new IIMs are completely dependent on government funding while the IIMs in Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Calcutta hardly depend on any government aid.

The new rule -the first attempt to put in place a minimum number of teaching hours for IIM faculty -will not automatically extend to the current faculty. Only if the Boards of Governors of individual IIMs approve the move, can it be applied to the older faculty, sources said.

Boards can also exempt faculty who want to focus on research and are therefore unable to teach for 160 hours a year.

Panels appointed by HRD minister Kapil Sibal under Maruti Chairman RC Bhargava and Rediff boss Ajit Balakrishnan proposed a series of changes including increasing the number of teaching hours for every faculty member at the IIMs from about 100 on average to about 160 and reducing the size of IIM Boards.

The reform proposals include dramatically changing the “ownership“ of the IIMs to make membership of the managing societies of the premier B-schools dependent on large donations, and increasing the power of Boards.

Faculty associations across the IIMs have been protesting against the proposed reforms, alleging that they would lead to backdoor privatization, erosion of autonomy, and change the fundamental governing structures that have made the B-schools the best in the country.
(Courtesy : Hindustan Times)

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 MHRD wants say in IIM fee hike decisions

Basant Kumar Mohanty

The Human Resource Development Ministry has decided that the Indian Institutes of Management must seek its “concurrence” every time the B-schools decide to increase fees, according to documents The Telegraph has accessed under the Right to Information law.

The controversial decision, which sources in the institutes said amounted to interference in their autonomy, came at a meeting HRD minister M.M. Pallam Raju held with IIM chairpersons and directors in April 2013.

The IIMs now enjoy full powers to fix tuition fees for their post-graduate programmes, which are considered equivalent to MBA courses offered by foreign universities. The board of governors of each IIM reviews the tuition fee every year.

According to the minutes of the meeting, the IIMs would have to fix tuition fees keeping in mind “our responsibility towards (the) economic condition of (the) society” and “every increase has to have the concurrence of the ministry”.

An IIM director said the government was unhappy over the frequent fee hikes by the business schools, which have been increasing fees every year.

IIM Ahmedabad, which hiked tuition fees from Rs 4 lakh to Rs 11.5 lakh in 2008, has been increasing the amount by nearly a lakh every year since then.

The B-school increased fees this year, too, like most of the older IIMs, which generate funds through fees and consultancy services to the extent that they don’t have to depend on the government for meeting operational costs like salaries, pension and maintenance. They get only grants for infrastructure development.

The older IIMs even plan to set up with their own funds campuses or centres in foreign countries. The seven new IIMs charge between Rs 8 lakh and Rs 10 lakh for the two-year PGP course.

Sources said the government’s directive to the IIMs to seek “concurrence” followed criticism and questions from Opposition parties in Parliament over the frequent fee hikes in these public-funded institutions.

“The government has been facing criticism as the IIMs increase their fees almost every year. The minister expressed displeasure over the frequent hike and wanted that any increase henceforth must get the ministry’s concurrence,” the IIM director said.

The fee structure in the IIMs is higher than in any other government institution, including the IITs that charge Rs 3.6 lakh for their four-year B.Tech course.

The government has direct control over the fee structure in the tech schools because any decision to hike fees is taken by the IIT Council, which is headed by the HRD minister. Central universities charge a nominal amount as fees. The fee in Delhi University, for instance, works out to Rs 240 a year for undergraduate students.

Another IIM director, however, said it was not clear if the B-schools would have to “get the concurrence separately” as the HRD ministry’s higher education secretary was a member of the board of governors of every IIM.

“When the board decides the fee hike, the secretary represents the ministry’s views. In a way, the decision is taken with the concurrence of the ministry since the secretary is a member of the board. I do not know if the IIMs have to get the concurrence separately,” the professor said.

A ministry official said the modalities of granting concurrence was being worked out and that each IIM may have to get the final concurrence from the minister.

The IIM director, however, said the institutes would protest if they were asked to get decisions taken by their boards vetted by the government. “The fee hike is done keeping in view the cost. Many IIMs pay higher salary to their faculty these days, that is why it is increasing,” he said.

The director said there was provision for scholarship for underprivileged students, apart from interest-free study loans.
(Courtesy : The Telegraph, Calcutta dated Sept 26)

IIM-A to cut engineering students' intake

AHMEDABAD : With CAT-2013, there may be fewer engineers among new students given admission at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A), says a news report.

Quoting a significant change in its admissions policy of the IIM-A the news report published in the Times of India on August 7 said that the IIM has decided to increase the number of students from non-engineering background to 18 per cent from the current 4 per cent.

It said that under the new system, the number of students without work experience or a postgraduate degree is also set to increase in the personal interview round at IIM-A as the institute will not give any points for work experience or for a master’s degree.

Currently, fresh graduates constitute around 27 per cent of a new batch.

According to the institute, over 96 per cent of students in the 2012-14 and 2013-15 batches have an engineering background. To reduce this figure to the mid-80s, IIM-A has proposed two major changes in CAT-2013 that will have considerable impact on the composition of the batch: the formula for calculating the application rating has been changed, and a provision for
direct shortlist for the written analysis and personal interview (WA-PI) round for top performers in the five academic categories has been included.

The IIMs have been criticized for becoming bastions of graduate engineers, most of whom are from the Indian Institutes of Technology. The changes proposed in the admission criteria are in line with the IIM-A’s desire to admit new students from diverse academic backgrounds.

“There were several complaints since the past two years that, due to the multiplicative calculation of AR scores, there was too much focus on marks obtained in 10th and 12th standard examination. Under the old system, if the candidate had fared badly in any one of the exams but showed exceptional performance otherwise, it would have hampered his chances
in getting shortlisted.

By giving more weightage to performance in the undergraduate degree and shifting to a completely additive model, the proposed system makes sure that recent performances are given adequate weightage,” IIM-A posted on its blog with data compiled by the institute’s media cell.

IIM Bangalore and IIM Calcutta both have higher percentage of non-engineers as part of their current batches as compared to IIM-Ahmedabad.

CAT score fudging, four culprits identified

By Our Correspondent
Kozhikode and Lucknow cops have identified four persons who are said be the brain behind the controversial CAT marks fudging racket.

The racket came to light following an FIR lodge by Kozhikode IIM authorities alleging tampering with IIM-Common Admission Test (CAT)-2012 results.

The CAT was organised by the IIM Kozhikode (Kerala) in November last year and tampering with results was noticed quite late. The IIM authorities lodged the FIR with Kozhikode police on June 16 after finding the discrepancies.

Lucknow police sources said that an employee of a Lucknow-based web management company, Web Weavers, and three CAT examinees of Lucknow are key suspects in the case.

The examinees, with the employee’s help, fudged the CAT scores to get admission in better-ranked non-IIM institutes using their CAT scores.

The IIM-CAT official website www.catiim.in is hosted by Web Weavers and at least 80 out of 2,14,068 CAT scores published on the website had discrepancies.

The role of Afaq, who manages its Kozhikode office, cropped up when a police team from there quizzed the company owner Shuja-ul Hasan here on July 4.

During the interrogation the cops also found that three CAT examinees from Lucknow were involved in the scam.

Sources said the three examinees are also suspected to have collected money from other examinees for increasing their scores.

A team led by inspector AU Bala Krishnan interrogated Hasan in Aminabad police station and collected some crucial facts about the case. The owner has been asked to appear before the Kozhikode police on July 9 for further investigation and to provide other details from his Kozhikode office.

Circle officer ( CO ) of Qaiserbagh Hridayesh Katheria said the company owner Shuja-ul Hasan was picked up from Aminabad Inter College where he takes computer classes on contractual basis.

He said the Kozhikode police interrogated him for several hours and collected details about the company and the suspected employee.

He said the Lucknow firm had been managing the CAT website www.catiim.in since 2010.

The investigating agency has already seized the hard disc of the computer from IIM-Kozhikode, which was being used by the representative of Web Weavers. The hard disc has been sent to the forensic science laboratory at Thiruvananthapuram and Prof SSS Kumar of IIM-Kozhikode, the convener of 2012 CAT examinations, has also been quizzed.

On the other hand, the ministry of human resource development (MHRD) has set up a committee to fix accountability and take corrective measures. Earlier, the discrepancies were exposed after the IIM Kozhikode investigated the matter on an anonymous complaint and found that scores of 80 students were inflated on the official website.

The IIM Kozhikode, however, had refused to own the responsibility for any manipulation on its website. The management said that the IIMs had used the master database for short-listing.

Hence, the admission process had in no way been compromised in any of the IIMs as a result of the tampering.

Non-IIMs institutes that have a formal relationship for the use of CAT scores were being alerted and scores from master database were being provided to them.

The IIMs were reviewing the process by which data was managed and published externally, it said.

IIM Council draft plan ready, says MHRD Secy

NEW DELHI : Despite stiff opposition from Indian Institute of Management Ahemdabad, the Ministry of Human Resource Development is going ahead with the IIM Council plan which will be presented before the CABE meet on April 2.

Confirming the move the HRD Secretary Ashok Thakur told The Pioneer on March 29  that the draft has been finalised and it will be okayed formally on April 2 meeting.

“There has been consensus so far and the draft is ready to be placed before the board meeting next week,” Thakur said.

The meeting will be chaired by HRD Minister MM Pallam Raju. The major concern, however, remains from the IIM-A’s strong opposition. The HRD Ministry is in a Catch-22 situation as it has to resist the opposition from the leading and prestigious management institute of the country.

“The proposed legislation seeks to confer IIMs the status of institutes of national importance empowering them to award degrees instead of diplomas. It has proposed establishment of an IIM Council similar to the Council for the IITs and pave the way for appointment of more government directors on IIMs boards,” Thakur said.

The bill in Parliament proposes to have an umbrella type of body for IIMs and the Ahmedabad institute, the staff and Board of Governors together have opposed it as a society, stating that the autonomy of IIMs will be curtailed.

The IIM-A Board of Governors, which met last week opposed the government’s decision. Chairman IIM-A Board of Governor (BoG) A M Naik has communicated to the HRD Ministry in writing the representation and concerns, anticipating a rethink.

IIMs are a group of 13 public, autonomous management institutes across the country and they primarily offer postgraduate, doctoral and executive education programmes. In the present format, IIMs are registered as societies under the Indian Societies Registration Act and each IIM is autonomous and exercises independent control over its day-to-day operations.

IIMs' degree dream getting dim, distant

By Rajiv Shukla
With UPA majority in Lok Sabha getting thinner, the long cherished dream of the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) to graduate to a degree from a postgraduate diploma is getting dim and distant with every passing day.

As things stand the IIMs' degree dream may require more patience than the IT-BHU's long long wait for the IIT status.

The fact that the proposed Institute of Management Act is still a long way to go was felt by the IIM directors who met in Delhi on March 19 to discuss the IIM nitty gritties and home-truths. In fact Karunanidhi's pull out move was in the back of the mind of each IIM director when they met --- and it hung heavy over the meeting on March 19.

Prof Devi Singh, director IIM Lucknow confirmed that the issue was discussed at the Delhi meeting and said that there were still "many things to be sorted out."

The IIMs had been thinking of switching over to degree from PGDM since long and the erstwhile HRD minister Kapil Sibal had lend high hopes on the issue, promising speedy passage of the bill in Parliament. Instead, the Sibal out, leaving the job to novice M M Pallam Raju who is yet to learn the ABC of coalition politics.

In late January this year the HRD Ministry officials and the IIM Directors had discussed the proposed Indian Institutes of Management Bill, based on the lines of the Indian Institutes of Technology Act. The draft also carries a provision of establishing a Council as is the case with the IITs that would be the highest common decision making authority for all IIMs.

The draft is still pending with the law ministry, needing finishing touches while the UPA government is gasping for breath.

The most easy and stable way out, say experts, could be the deemed university status granted under section 3 of the UGC Act 1956. But then they would have to acknowledge the UGC hegemony. 

IIMs trash MHRD tips on teaching hours, BoG

LUCKNOW : There is a palpable unease among the faculty members of the Indian Institutes of Management who have started condemning the R C Bhargava committee report describing it as a "nonsense" and far from ground realities.

The Bhargava committee report on new governance structure and teaching load has been openly trashed by IIM Bangalore and IIM Calcutta faculties and Lucknow IIM teachers too "plan to do something about it" soon. The IIM faculty members feel that the HRD ministry-appointed committee report was based on incorrect data.

The faculty bodies at IIM-Calcutta and IIM-Bangalore have passed unanimous resolutions to set aside the reports which suggests downsizing of the IIM boards and societies and asking each faculty to teach for 160 hours a year. Other IIMs are likely to follow suit seeking broader consultation on the proposed reforms.

"We believe that these recommendations are the outcome of several wrong assumptions and incorrect data and would not allow IIMs to become global leaders. These changes, if implemented, will have a negative impact on the morale of the faculty," IIM-B faculty said in a memorandum submitted to board of governors chairman Mukesh Ambani last week. They have now called for a fresh panel involving alumni and eminent academics to create a governance structure for long-term development of IIMs.

The five-member committee headed by IIM-Ranchi chairman R C Bhargava has recommended downsizing of the IIM boards and societies by almost half, allowing corporate bodies, individuals and alumni to become members of the IIM society by paying Rs 20 crore, Rs 5 crore and Rs 3 crore respectively.

The IIM-B faculty rejected the idea, saying "this will lead to a major structural change in the ownership of IIMs and would be completely against public interest. We believe that contribution for the society should be more in the nature of developing institutions rather than owning the institutions".

The dons at the elite B-schools have also taken exception to the HRD ministry's decision to fix a minimum teaching load for faculty which will be the same for all IIMs.

Meanwhile reports from Ahmedabad said that the IIM-A will downsize its governing board from 25 members to 15. The new board will also be empowered to appoint the institute’s director which was, so far, controlled by the Ministry of Human Resource Development. These changes have been approved by the MHRD but have still to be cleared by IIM-A society. The institute also plans to open campuses in Dubai and Singapore.

Director of IIM-A Samir Barua said in a press conference on February 16 : “Many board members may not be able to contribute effectively. A large number of members with less participation reduce the effectiveness of the board’s directing of the institute. So it is better to have a lesser number of members for the board to function effectively. Studies have shown that
9 to 13 members is the most effective size.” Barua said that the final picture would be clear by the end of March.

Now there are four government representatives, two each from state and centre in the 25-member governing board. Barua said, “While the ministry wants three government representatives in the council, we are proposing to make it two.” The institute has been demanding greater autonomy and control over its functioning. He said the ministry had approved many of its
demands including the governing council appointing the new director.