The proposed IIM Autonomy bill, which has seen much wrangling, will be discussed today, on September 20, among directors of various IIMs and HRD minister at IIM Shillong. It is in order to give more autonomy to various Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) institutes, that the Union Minister for Human Resources Development Prakash Javadekar from a long time now is seen discussing on this matter.
As per reports, the draft law is designed on the IIT Act and has been under consideration for more than one year now.
Provisions stored in the bill
- Institutes will be able to decide on the fees structure
- Includes provisions for reservation of students from SC, ST and OBC category
- Gives autonomy to nineteen IIMs
- Institutes will be able to award degrees instead of diplomas
- Institutes will get the freedom to "lower the cost of education and to enhance the reach of the education by use of information and communication technology."
Meanwhile, during the recent visit of Javadekar at IIM Ahmedabad, the minister said, "The government desires for IIMs and higher education institutions to get more autonomy and be able to compete in the market based on their quality and grow accordingly. We also have to see that all sections of the society get justice."
Further, as reported in PTI report, Javadekar said, "Whatever provision is there in the Constitution is there in the draft too. Under the proposal for an IIM Bill, IIMs will get more autonomy. As of now, they cannot offer degrees as they are incorporated as societies. We are planning to make amendments in the law so that they can offer graduate and post graduate degrees in future."