The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - SAMIR K BARUA

The Union cab­i­net has re­cently ap­proved the IIM Bill, 2017 - a Bill that prom­ises to pro­vide ‘com­plete au­ton­o­my­tothe­in­sti­tu­tions,com­bined with ad­e­quate ac­count­abil­ity’.

A bit of his­tory would be in or­der. In 2011-12, IIMA pushed for greater au­ton­omy in its func­tion­ing. On ad­vice from the then HRD min­is­ter, even to con­sider the re­quest, IIMA pre­pared a doc­u­ment ti­tled ‘En­vi­sion­ing Fu­ture of IIMA’ that de­tailed the na­ture of au­ton­omy re­quired and the man­ner of ac­count­abil­ity. Fol­low­ing the sub­mis­sion of the doc­u­ment to the gov­ern­ment, the MoA and the rules gov­ern­ing the in­sti­tute’s func­tion­ing and re­la­tion­ship with the gov­ern­ment were re­drafted, put up to the board and sub­mit­ted to the HRDmin­istry.After­pro­tract­ed­ne­go­ti­a­tions and few changes sug­gested bythem­i­nistry,the­newMoAandthe rules were ac­cepted by the gov­ern­ment and duly reg­is­tered with the reg­is­trar of so­ci­eties in 2012. His­tory was cre­ated in the func­tion­ing of gov­ern­ment aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions in the coun­try as the au­ton­omy granted un­der the new MoA and the Rules to IIMA was sweep­ing. The gov­ern­ment de­vel­oped cold feet after grant­ing IIMA au­ton­omy and no

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