IIMs will be autonomous, yet accountable

Cabinet approves Indian Institute of Management Bill, 2017. IIMs to be declared as Institutions of National Importance

GN Bureau | January 24, 2017


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 Indian Institutes of Management will now be able to grant degrees to their students.
The union cabinet chaired by prime minister Narendra Modi has approved the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bill, 2017, under which the IIMs would be declared as Institutions of National Importance.

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IIMs are the country's premier institutions imparting best quality education in management on globally benchmarked processes of education and training in management. All IIMs are separate autonomous bodies registered under the Societies Act.
Being societies, IIMs are not authorized to award degrees and, hence, they have been awarding Post Graduate Diploma and Fellow Programme in Management. While these awards are treated as equivalent to MBAs and PhD, respectively, the equivalence is not universally acceptable, especially for the Fellow Programme.

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Salient features of the IIM Bill:
 

  •        IIMs can grant degrees to their students

 

  •        The Bill provides for complete autonomy to the Institutions, combined with adequate accountability.

 

  •         Management of these Institutions would be Board driven, with the Chairperson and Director of an Institution which will be selected by the Board.

 

  •      A greater participation of experts and alumni in the Board is amongst other important features of the Bill.

 

  •      Provision has also been made for inclusion of women and members from Scheduled Castes/Tribes in the Board.

 

  •      The Bill also provides for periodic review of the performance of Institutions by independent agencies, and placing the results of the same on public domain.

 

  •     The Annual Report of the Institutions will be placed in the Parliament and CAG will be auditing their accounts.

 

  •      There is also a provision of Coordination Forum of IIMs as an advisory body.

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