IIM-Ranchi approaches govt against director

The complaint states that Singh travels often to IIM-Lucknow and IIT-Kanpur without intimating the IIM-Ranchi authorities and his absence, allegedly, has affected the functioning of the institute.

Written by Ritika Chopra | New Delhi | Published: March 14, 2018 3:28 am
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In an unusual move, an Indian Institute of Management (IIM) has approached the government against its own director.

The Human Resource department of IIM-Ranchi is learnt to have written to the HRD Ministry alleging that the institute director, Professor Shailendra Singh, doesn’t spend enough time on campus, which, in turn, hampers decision-making.

According to sources, the complaint states that Singh travels often to IIM-Lucknow and IIT-Kanpur without intimating the IIM-Ranchi authorities and his absence, allegedly, has affected the functioning of the institute.
Singh was appointed as director of IIM-Ranchi less than a year ago, in March 2017. Before that, he was the dean of research and a senior professor of human resource management at IIM-Lucknow. He has a Masters degree in psychology from Allahabad University, LL.B. from Delhi University and a doctorate in organisational behaviour from IIT-Kanpur.

Singh, according to his website, specialises in organisational behaviour, emotional intelligence, human resource development, business law and stress, among other things. When contacted on Tuesday, Singh told The Indian Express that he isn’t aware of any complaint lodged against him by his institute. “How can the HR department, which works under me, complain against me? That is absolutely wrong. I suspect this is mischief on somebody’s part,” he said.

Informed about the content of the complaint, he added, “If I travel, that’s my prerogative and (it) has nothing to do with the decision-making of the institute. My institute cannot write like that.” According to sources, the government is seized of the complaint and is looking into the matter. Although the ministry receives complaints against IIM directors often, it almost never gets one from the institute administration itself.

The HRD Ministry, for instance, was recently asked by the PMO to look into a complaint of harassment filed by the wife of a senior professor at IIM-Lucknow against the institute’s director. The Ranchi complaint is different as it has come from the institute’s HR department.

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  1. K
    Mar 18, 2018 at 10:15 pm
    i am surprised that IIM kashipur director and CAO have not dispatched their chamchas to revert these yet. where are you prof rajat sharma and ashish kumar CAO secretary and other chamchas? we are missing you people.
    1. K
      Mar 18, 2018 at 10:09 pm
      I am a faculty at iim kashipur. The director tells us the same thing. Day and night he and his CAO are busy falsely framing professors who have complained against the Director to the MHRD and BoG. We have been given rotten furnitures in our offices and chairs which break down. I am so afraid of sitting on these chairs. Three PGP students were taken to hospital when these chairs broke. We have been threatened with our s if we don’t send an email in his support if any adverse email has been sent against him or the ins ute. We are being spied on day and night to see if we talk to professors who have complained against the director.
      1. R
        Mar 18, 2018 at 10:05 pm
        we don’t have proper dust bins, exhaust fans in hostels, proper projectors in the classrooms, playing facilities, transportation at iim kashipur but when we complain director gautam sinha, CAO mahesh joshi and prof rajat sharma tells us go where these facilities are there.
        1. A
          Mar 18, 2018 at 10:37 am
          i am staff at iim kashipur. it is having annual convocation in a few days. i hear that CAO has asked pandaal maker to get 1 lakh rupee cut.
          1. S
            Mar 18, 2018 at 10:33 am
            the corruption at iim kashipur reache the highest levels of the india government. chairman sawhney pays MHRD secretaries to keep corruption unchecked. i read that shapoorji has charged 3 crores for each faculty after spending only 10 lakhs on them. they don’t have even proper doors . that is how director, CAO and chairman have made 100s of crores!
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