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IIMs can now grant degrees and set up campuses abroad

PUBLISH DATE 20th December 2017

The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill declaring Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) as “institutions of national importance” and allowing them to grant degrees and set up campuses abroad.

Advocating more autonomy to the management institutions, HRD minister Prakash Javadekar had introduced the Bill in the Lok Sabha on February 9, were is it was passed unanimously. Providing statutory powers, the Bill enables IIMsto “ set up centres of management studies and allied areas outside India in accordance with guidelines by the Centre and in accordance with the provisions of the laws of such foreign country”.

While the Board of Governors (BOG) will now be the principal executive body of each IIM, the Bill also empowers the IIMs to appoint their own chairperson. The BOG of each IIM shall consist of a chairperson, one nominee each of the Centre and the state government, four eminent persons (including a woman) distinguished in the field of education, industry, commerce, social service or public administration. Two faculty members, one member from SC or ST sections and up to five persons co-opted from the alumni. There would be at least three women members.

IIMs till now had been registered as societies and unable to grant degrees, including PhD, to their students. In the “statement of objects and reasons”, Javadekar said PG diploma in management programme (equivalent to MBA) was relatively unaffected but the Fellow Programme in Management (equivalent to PhD), without the formal degree nomenclature, had not been able to attract students required to develop a strong research base. Reservations in admissions will be provided as per the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Act, 2006.

The governing board will evaluate and review the performance of the institute within the first three years of establishment and thereafter at least once every three years.

Reprieve for teacher training institutes?

H RD minister Prakash Javadekar introduced a bill in Lok Sabha on Tuesday to grant retrospective recognition to government-funded institutions and universities conducting teacher education courses without National Council for Teacher Education’s approval. The National Council for Teacher Education (Amendment) Act, 2017, will give one-time reprieve to such institutions.  

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