Kamble, also the founder chairperson of the Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said IIMs will give priority to bridging the gap between upgrading academics and providing human resources for industrial needs.
Before the IIM Act kicked in this January, there were no fixed recruitment rules for the post of director. However, in the last decade, a PhD along with teaching experience has been a prerequisite for the post.
With the revenue department treating IIM-Ahmedabad as a “commercial coaching centre” to levy taxes, the institute, in its letter to the ministry, has said that it is an educational institute and has always been covered under categories that are exempted from paying service tax.
The first draft of the IIM Bill had the HRD Minister as the head of the Coordination Forum, but this was dropped at the behest of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), which wanted the body to be chaired by an eminent person.