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IIMs to get full autonomy, will award degrees, not diplomas.

IIMs to get full autonomy, will award degrees, not diplomas.

The Cabinet cleared on Tuesday a bill to grant the prestigious Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) complete autonomy to run their affairs and award degrees to their graduates.Once the bill is passed by Parliament, IIMs will also be declared `institutions of national importance'.

The Indian Institutes of Management Bill, 2017, does away with the government's role in running premier business schools. All powers will be vested in 15-member boards at every IIM. Also, the bill has no provision of reservation in faculty jobs except stating that the recruitment policy should be inclusive.However, reservation in admission for SCs, STs, OBCs will be as per existing norms. The move comes after months of wrangling between the HRD ministry and the Prime Minister's Office on the bill's autonomy provisions.

The Cabinet cleared the bill in the absence of HRD minister Prakash Javadekar. Sources close to him said Javadekar had a phone conversation with PM Narendra Modi and had taken leave of absence for his son's wedding in Pune. However, a former cabinet secretary said, "I have never seen the subject of a ministry being taken up in the absence of the minister. The entire Cabinet should be briefed."

Shortly after the decision, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, "The IIM Bill focuses on complete au tonomy , effective administration, more alumni participation and many other areas." Javadekar hailed the decision as a "historic one" which would give IIMs real autonomy and power to grant degrees. "We trust excellence and quality . This reflects vision of the Modi government for higher education," he tweeted.

According to the bill, the responsibility of running each IIM will be vested in its board headed by a chairperson who will be an eminent person from the field of education industry science or technology . Apart from the chairperson, each board will have a representative of the HRD ministry , one of the state government, four eminent persons, four alumni, one member of the IIM society, two faculty members and a director who will be ex-officio member. At least one member of the board should be either from the SCs or STs and three members should be women. The board will have the power to select the director.

                                                                                                                                      Source: THE TIMES OF INDIA



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