Prakash Javadekar does what Smriti Irani didn’t: Agrees to free IIMs via new Bill

According to sources in the Law Ministry, the HRD Ministry has now moved a supplementary Cabinet note proposing three more changes to the Bill.

Written by Ritika Chopra | New Delhi | Updated: October 8, 2016 11:17 am
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The Human Resource Development Ministry, under its new head Prakash Javadekar, has conceded to all the changes proposed to the IIM Bill by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). This would give the premier B-Schools sweeping autonomy — even more than they currently enjoy. As reported by The Indian Express on August 12, Javadekar had first agreed to relinquish the government’s role in appointing the chairman of the Board of Governors (BoG) at all IIMs. But the Bill has undergone a second makeover since he took charge from Smriti Irani in July.

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According to sources in the Law Ministry, the HRD Ministry has now moved a supplementary Cabinet note proposing three more changes to the Bill.

The institutes, under the latest version of the draft law, are free to appoint their own directors. Currently, a selection committee shortlists the panel of names, from which a director is appointed by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet. Javadekar has agreed to empower the BoG of an IIM to appoint its director from the shortlist.

The new draft has also dropped all references to the President, who is the Visitor of all IIMs. This means that the President will no longer have the power to review their work.

Further, Javadekar has also relinquished the HRD Minister’s role as the head of the IIM Coordination Forum, aimed at helping IIMs leverage each other’s resources and give them policy direction. Now, an “eminent person” will head this body.

The Indian Express had on March 11 reported on the differences between the PMO and the HRD Ministry under Irani 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.

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But the HRD Ministry under Irani’s leadership had not accepted all the suggested changes. While it agreed to increase the number of alumni and female members on the BoG of every IIM from three to five and from one to three, respectively, the ministry had retained the provision which makes the HRD Minister the head of the IIM Coordinating Forum. The PMO was not in favour of this.

The HRD Ministry was also not willing to dilute the clause that empowered the President to review the work of any IIM in his capacity as Visitor. The PMO then virtually blocked Cabinet approval for the Bill and the matter was escalated to Nripendra Misra, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister.

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At a meeting held with the PMO in July, after Javadekar assumed charge, the ministry agreed on relinquishing its role in the appointment of the BoG chairman. After this, a supplementary Cabinet note was moved. Now, a second supplementary Cabinet note has been moved, accepting all changes proposed by the PMO.

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    Aashish Sharma
    Oct 8, 2016 at 9:41 am
    This is the good decision taken by the minister that there is now no more govt interference in the selection of any of the member of the BoG of the IIM'S . No more intervention of Prez whivh will give more autonomy and power to the members of the IIM'S .
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      SubbuI
      Oct 8, 2016 at 5:19 am
      THAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A LEVEL HEADED MINISTER AND AN ARROGANT AND IGNORANT WOMEN WHO DISGRACED THE HRD MINISTRY AND ABETTED SUICIDE OF T SCHOLAR ROHITH VMULA.
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        Ashish Biswas
        Oct 8, 2016 at 8:13 am
        Government must have limited control over all insutions failing the controlling centres will shift to either to West or Communists. Careful Mr Javedekar. I hope the PMO will look into all aspects.
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          Dr.Deshpande
          Oct 8, 2016 at 9:58 am
          Mr. Prakash Jawadekar deserves a loud applause for the wise decision. This single action shows his excellent human qualities with deep concern towards good academics. Hope, the management of these insutions will get involved in out of the box solutions to many scientific problems. B.Tech students is the real intellectual strength of IITs..lt;br/gt;I salute you.lt;br/gt;Keep it up..lt;br/gt;Professor Ashok Deshpande
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            chalapathi
            Oct 8, 2016 at 9:43 am
            The purpose behind establishing insutes of higher learning like IIMs, IITs, NITs was to provide quality manpower to development of india. That is the reason they are heavily subsidized over the years. Now it appears that Mr Javdekar has fallen to the hype that these should be world cl govt should have nothing do with these. So has the PMO. Govt should have a measure of control and say in these insutes. These should only serve the cause of India nothing else. By the way these are world cl otherwise alumina won't be occupying top posts in many multinationals. But the original objective of serving the nation is partially fulfilled.
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              Kaliyug
              Oct 8, 2016 at 4:01 am
              The biggest dead horse in the system is the special quota for the undeserving via special caste based quotas. I can see the logic if it is purely based on economic reasons, taking the person who has no abilities nor education and shoving him forcefully into a premier college is not good for the more deserving who get left out angry and disappointed, many go overseas and never return.
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                Deepak Singh
                Oct 8, 2016 at 1:50 am
                Nice
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                  Gopikanta Ghosh
                  Oct 8, 2016 at 5:20 am
                  Little hope
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                    Gopikanta Ghosh
                    Oct 8, 2016 at 5:19 am
                    Some light in total darkness
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                      ashok
                      Oct 8, 2016 at 8:00 am
                      Moving Ms. Smriti Irani from HRD is the smartest thing this government has done.
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                        Manzoor
                        Oct 8, 2016 at 7:36 am
                        Don't generalize it, Man can also be arrogant and ignorant, see our MPs and MLAs.h
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                          Niladrinath Mohanty
                          Oct 8, 2016 at 12:44 pm
                          PS: I was a Board level worker in a Navaratna Public sector enterprise, so I know something of the management in such organizations.
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                            Niladrinath Mohanty
                            Oct 8, 2016 at 12:41 pm
                            To my mind your analysis is very shallow. Request please think a little deeper about the elections being held at different times and the harm it does to the economy of and development of the country and the black money that is generated. Till Indira hi advanced the Lok Sabha election in 1971, elections to the state emblies were being held simultaneously. Indira hi had her own game plans and politics to advance the Lok Sabha election. So far as freeing PSUs/PSBs from the 'tentacles' of Union ministries is concerned it is not NaMo's creation. I agree that PSUs( I would like to call them PSEs) should be managed as business organizations.
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                              Niladrinath Mohanty
                              Oct 8, 2016 at 2:01 am
                              Does PMO's view represent the PM's thinking? Now how do the liberal democrats explain their charge that Narendra Modi is for centralised power and he is an auto crat even worse is a di ctator.
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                                mtv
                                Oct 8, 2016 at 1:34 am
                                When we hear people like Prakash Javedkar and people from PMO, it gives hope to us that there are still some sensible people in BJP. Smriti Irani was hopeless as she was blindly toeing the line of RSS.
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                                  Raj
                                  Oct 8, 2016 at 7:47 am
                                  whow, this is great. I am not a BJP supporter. But this is great and salute to Mr. Javedkar and PMO. Autonomy is essential for talent and creativity.
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                                    Raj
                                    Oct 8, 2016 at 7:47 am
                                    whow, this is great. I am not a BJP supporter. But this is great and salute to Mr. Javedkar and PMO. Autonomy is essential for talent and creativity.
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                                      Raj
                                      Oct 8, 2016 at 7:44 am
                                      whow, this is great. I am not a BJP supporter. But this is a great name and salute to Mr. Javedkar and PMO.
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                                        Raj
                                        Oct 8, 2016 at 7:44 am
                                        whow, this is great. I am not a BJP supporter. But this is a great name and salute to Mr. Javedkar and PMO.
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                                          Thinker
                                          Oct 8, 2016 at 2:55 am
                                          The IIMs should be privatized. These are insutions whose alumni obtain the IIM stamp and then go abroad. Why should we the tax payers foot their bill? How is the Nation benefiting from the IIMs?
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                                            Ravi
                                            Oct 9, 2016 at 5:57 am
                                            This is a good move provided Govt does not subsidise on the expenses. Having created capital these insutions ought to collect fees according to market conditions like the Ivy League schools in USA. No question of quota for umpteen segments!
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