Govt may reconsider IIM bill, hand more powers to institutes


New Delhi: After receiving open criticism over the draft IIM bill which gives sweeping powers to the government in policy governing matters of the prestigious B-schools in India, the Human Resource Development Ministry is considering of taking a decision to do away with the contentious clauses which may infringe upon the autonomy of these business schools.

The ministry has reportedly been in a consultation process to explore the dropping of these clauses but the final decision will be taken after consulting HRD Minister Smriti Irani. Meeting with the heads of the IIMs could also be called for.

The Ministry may delete subsection (1) of section 36 of the draft bill which says the IIM “Board may, with the approval of the central government, by notification, make regulations not inconsistent with this Act and the rules made thereunder to carry out the provisions of this Act”.

The IIMs wants sections 35 also to be removed from the bill since they alleged that it was not discussed with them.  Section 35 empowers the Union government, among other things, to “make rules, for carrying out the provisions of the Act”.