Having waited for four months to get a full-time director on board,the Indian Institute of Management Lucknow finally broke its silence on Sunday and accused the Government of trying to “hamper the autonomy of the IIMs”.
“We are supposed to be an autonomous institute,but if we cannot appoint our own director,where is our autonomy?” asked Dr JJ Irani,director TATA sons and chairman of the board of governors at IIM-L. Dr Irani was speaking at a business conclave,Manfest-2009,organised by the students of IIM-L. “The proposed names from our end were submitted to the Government long time back. Probably there are too many people and too many levels in the Government which the file is supposed to go through,” he said.
Speaking on behalf of the Board of Governors,Irani pointed out,”It has taken painfully long and we,as board of directors,are worried and sad. Moreover,P C Purwar,who is at present holding the director’s chair,was not willing to take up the charge of officiating director due to health constraints,but we convinced him,thinking it is a matter of three to four weeks,” said Irani.