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Shashi Tharoor Accuses Govt of Removing Rajiv Gandhi’s Name From IIMs

Edited By: Ashish Yechury

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Last Updated: July 28, 2017, 20:01 IST

Shashi Tharoor was also sued under Section 2 of the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971.
(File photo:  Reuters)

Shashi Tharoor was also sued under Section 2 of the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971. (File photo: Reuters)

The accusation came on a day that the Lok Sabha passed the Indian Institutes of Management Bill, 2017, that aims to give the premier institutes more autonomy by restricting government role and enable them to grant degrees.

New Delhi: The Congress on Friday accused the Centre of removing Rajiv Gandhi from the names of some Indian Institutes of Management (IIM).

The accusation came on a day that the Lok Sabha passed the Indian Institutes of Management Bill, 2017, that aims to give the premier institutes more autonomy by restricting government role and enable them to grant degrees.

"After the bill is passed, there will be no government role in the appointment of Board of Directors in IIMs. Let the government come out of it. It will be for the betterment of our higher institutions," Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar said while summing up the discussion in the house.

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, while congratulated the government over the passage of the bill which limited it powers over IIMs, accused it stooping low by removing Gandhi's name from IIM Shillong via the bill.

He also expressed concern over government giving up control on fee structure and said the bill did not address the reservation issue either. At present, he said, of the total IIM teachers, only two were from the Scheduled Castes and none from the Scheduled Tribes.

Javadekar denied the Congress charge that the government had changed the names of some IIMs named after former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

"There is no any provision of giving name to any IIM. All are IIMs. So, the question of changing the name does not arise," he said.

The bill -- which declares 20 existing IIMs as Institutions of National Importance -- was passed after all amendments moved by some members were rejected. Dubbing the bill "historic" vis-a-vis higher education reform, Javadekar said autonomy to these institutions will put them in the league of world's top educational organisations.

The bill provides for conferring statutory powers to these institutions for their functioning, including appointment of directors, faculty, and also gives them powers to award degrees instead of post-graduate diplomas.

Apart from this, the bill also provides for the appointment of members of the Board of Governors (BoG) in each of the 20 IIMs through a transparent process, while limiting even the HRD Minister's role.

Javadekar informed the house he talked to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to ensure infrastructure in all new IIMs was in place in two years. He said no eligible and meritorious student will be declined admission to these institutes for lack of money.

The Board of Governors of each IIM comprises up to 19 members. The executive body will nominate 17 members, including eminent persons, faculty and alumni. The remaining two will be nominees of the central and state governments respectively.

The board will appoint its own Chairperson and Director. A search committee will recommend names for the post of Director who is eligible for variable pay, to be determined by the board.

(With IANS inputs)
first published:July 28, 2017, 19:59 IST
last updated:July 28, 2017, 20:01 IST