ALUMNI WANT PREZ, PM TO STALL IIM BILL IN ITS CUR­RENT FORM

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - NATION - Nee­lam Pandey nee­lam.pandey@hin­dus­tan­times.com n

NEW DELHI: Con­cerned over the “miss­ing pro­vi­sions” for reser­va­tion in ap­point­ment and ad­mis­sions in the IIM Bill 2017 as a “con­sti­tu­tional vi­o­la­tion”, a global net­work of the alumni of the pres­ti­gious In­dian In­sti­tutes of Man­age­ment (IIMs) have sought “ur­gent in­ter­ven­tion” of Pres­i­dent Ram Nath Kovind and PM Naren­dra Modi in the mat­ter.

In a let­ter, they urged in­clu­sion of clear pro­vi­sions in the bill for reser­va­tion in ap­point­ment of fac­ul­ties and admission of stu­dents to var­i­ous doc­toral pro­grammes at the pre­mier B-schools.

The bill that seeks to pro­vide power to award de­grees, along with greater au­ton­omy to the pre­mier B-Schools is pend­ing in the Ra­jya Sabha, af­ter ap­proval from the Lok Sabha. The let­ter states that IIMs do not pro­vide “any reser­va­tion” ben­e­fit to can­di­dates ap­ply­ing for ex­ec­u­tive MBA pro­grams and fel­low pro­grams .

“Due to these acute short­com­ings, we be­lieve that the IIMs are not ready for au­ton­omy and rush­ing through the bill in its cur­rent form must be avoided,” the Global IIM Alumni Net­work, with mem­bers work­ing across the world, said in the let­ter.

It points to the diver­sity data, ob­tained un­der the Right to In­for­ma­tion Act from top 10 IIMs and states that it shows “se­vere un­der-rep­re­sen­ta­tion” of the Sched­uled Castes (SCs), Sched­uled Tribes (STs) and Other Back­ward Classes (OBC) groups at teach­ing and re­search lev­els.

AN OPEN LET­TER POINTS TO SHORT­COM­INGS IN THE PRO­POSED BILL THAT IS PEND­ING WITH THE RA­JYA SABHA

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