The IIMs are rightly regarded as the pinnacle of management education in the country. However, the post of director of 70% of Indian Institutes of Management are lying vacant, for quite a long time now. As many as 14 of the 20 Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) in the country, which include old IIMs such as Bangalore and Kozhikode was operating without any director, the government informed the Lok Sabha on Monday.
In a written reply, Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Mahendra Nath Pandey, informed that the posts of director were lying vacant in the IIMs in Amritsar, Bangalore, Bodh Gaya, Kozhikode, Nagpur, Ranchi, Raipur, Rohtak, Sambalpur, Sirmaur, Udaipur, Visakhapatnam, Tiruchirappalli and the newly set up Jammu.
The minister said that the seven new IIMs — Amritsar, Sirmaur, Bodh Gaya, Sambalpur, Nagpur, Visakhapatnam and Jammu are being looked after by directors of the mentor IIMs till the appointment of regular director.
“For other IIMs, the tenure of the outgoing director has been extended or the senior most professor of the institute has been given additional charge of the post of director,” said Pandey.
He said that except for IIM Kozhikode and Jammu, the search-cum-selection committee has recommended a panel of names for the post of director, which are under consideration by the government.
“For IIM Kozhikode and IIM Jammu advertisement for the posts has been issued,” he said.
In a written reply, Minister also informed about the government’s proposal to upgrade/set up 20 world class teaching and research institutions, to be named as ‘Institutions of Eminence‘. The 20 ‘world-class’ universities were proposed in last year’s Union Budget.
Informing about the ‘Institutions of Eminence‘, Pandey said that 10 of them will be in the public sector.
“As per the draft Guidelines, all public educational institutions including IIMs are eligible to apply for Institutions of Eminence. The selection process for Institutions of Eminence shall start only after the Guidelines and Regulations are notified,” he added.