Photo: Prakash Javadekar
Prakash Javadekar, the Human Resource Development Minister has agreed to surrender the role of government in choosing the chairmen of the Board of Governors (BOG) at all IIMs.
The statement comes from the minister as cabinet has approved and dispatched the draft law under the IIM Bill, to appoint their own chairmen. Also, he took in to account the PMO’s suggestion to empower the IIMs.
Interestingly, earlier this year, when Smriti Irani was Human Resource Development minster, the ministry rejected list of candidates for the candidature for the post of Chairman of Board of Governors of IIM Ahmedabad.
List included names of Chairman of Board of Directors of Infosys R Seshasayee, Chairman of HDFC Deepak Parekh, and Hero MotoCorp CMD Pawan Munjal for appointment of a new BoG chairman after A M Naik, Group Executive Chairman of Larsen & Toubro Limited retired.
As per the old clause, government kept the last word on the final selection whereas, as per the new clause, government’s role is no more there.
The Indian Express first reported on March 11 on the differences between the HRD Ministry and PMO over the IIM Bill. The PMO had recommended more than five changes to the draft law — which aims to empower the premier B-schools to award degrees instead of diplomas — to dilute the scope of government control over the institutes. The HRD Ministry did not relent on all the suggested changes.
Taking everything into notice, Javadekar, in a meeting held between him and PMO, the ministry gave up the role of government in such matters of IIMs.