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