The Ministry for Human Resource Development (HRD) has found itself in an embarrassing position a day after an IIM for Rajasthan was announced during the interim budget. It is learnt that that the IIM is actually meant for Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan which does not figure among the six new IIMs slated to be launched in the 11th plan period made it to the list because of an oversight on the part of the ministry.
Realising the faux pas only after the budget was announced,the HRD Ministry got into a late night meeting to decide how to rectify the damage.
It is learnt that the ministry has taken up the matter with the Finance Ministry and has requested it to appraise the Parliament of the mistake. In all likelihood,a corrigendum will be issued to clarify the governments position on the issue as the HRD Ministry had maintained so far that either an IIT or IIM would be allocated to states under the 11th plan period,and not both.
Since Rajasthan already has an IIT allocated to it,the mention of an IIM for the state in Pranab Mukherjees budget speech took all by surprise including the Arjun Singh-led HRD Ministry.
The Finance Ministry will now apprise the Parliament of the mistake,it is learnt. The inadvertent error also led to speculations that the IIM proposed for Chhattisgarh as announced by the HRD Ministry last year would be axed to make way for one in Rajasthan.
While several attempts were made to reach HRD ministry officials for a clarification on the issue on Monday,they were unavailable for comment.