By Our News Desk
NEW DELHI : In an ambitious decision taken under the
headship of Human Resource Development Minister Prakash
Javadekar on September 20 the Indian Institutes of
Management have been told to double their intake
capacity so that the combined intake of all the IIMs
could expand from 10,000 to 20,000.
Speaking to reporters at IIM, Shillong -- the venue of
the crucial meeting -- a beaming minister said : "We had
a very good, successful and productive meeting of all
IIMs directors and chairmen. We met after two years and
will now be meeting frequently to discuss specific
"More students will now get the opportunity to study
in the best institutes. The IIM directors will submit
their action plans on the expansion of student intake
capacity," he added.
parliamentary standing committee on MHRD had, in its
274th report had recommended expansion of seats at the IIMs
and Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), besides a periodical
expansion of faculty. The Shillong decision is a sequel
to that, the minister said.
The minister also announced expansion of doctoral (PhD)
programme to address the shortage of faculty in IIMs.
"We discussed expansion of PhD programme by offering
more fellowships to students of IIMs. To students in
IITs, we have decided to give Prime Minister's Research
Fellowship. We will also take the government's approval
to give PM scholarship to the best of PhD scholars in
IIMs but the final decision will be taken by the
The meeting also discussed the need for IIMs to
participate in the government's new initiative to
develop 20 world class universities/institutes. "We want
to create 10 (world class institutes) from the
government sector and 10 from the private sector. The
IIMs should prepare themselves because world class
institutes will be decided by a challenge mode," the HRD
The IIMs will also participate in the implementation of
Swayam, a massive platform for open online courses
proposed to be launched soon by the government,
Javadekar said. The IIMs will be required to create the
content for Swayam which will offer 2,000 courses from
Class IX to the post-graduate level.
"The courses will be offered to students free of cost,
online and through TV channels. They will comprise
lecture materials, mid-exam, final exams and
certificates," the minister said.
Replying to a question on reservation for scheduled
tribe teachers in IIMs, he said reservation already
exists. "I do not know who started all this. It's
already in the Constitution and no one can bypass the
Constitution," he said.
Earlier in the morning the Minister interacted with the
students of IIMs. Remembering the great teacher Late
A.P.J Abdul Kalam, the minister said that there is a
need to inculcate the willingness for adopting teaching
profession among students as the country requires 10
million good teachers to improve the quality of
education from primary to higher education; and from
higher education to research and innovation.
reiterating the fact that India is the youngest nation
with the youngest population, he said that unless there
are good passionate teachers to educate these young
minds they would not turn into be dividends. He ended
his interaction with an appeal to the students to ponder
upon the need for research and innovation for developing
good quality education.
Bill may be tabled in winter session
NEW DELHI : The government plans to introduce the
Indian Institutes of
Management bill in the winter session of Parliament
which began on November 26.
The bill, a drastically toned down version of the
original bill, has been finally cleared by the Ministry
of Human Resource Development for approval by
Parliament. The MHRD sources said that the Bill was
okayed by the IIM directors last month at a meeting with
the minister who promised to address all their concerns
According to the proposed bill, IIMs would need to take
government’s approval for fixing fee structure, faculty
remunerations and department formation among others.
The bill had triggered a huge outcry after the HRD
ministry sought public feedback on the bill with
IIM-Ahmedabad, IIM-Bangalore and IIM-Lucknow writing to
the ministry in protest.
Following the out cry, HRD ministry held several rounds
of discussion with all stakeholders.
On October 9, the ministry held a meeting with all the
IIM directors to address their concerns over contentious
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
IIM Bangalore and IIM Calcutta both have higher
percentage of non-engineers as part of their current
batches as compared to IIM-Ahmedabad.
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
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
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
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