Facing open criticism over the draft IIM bill that gives sweeping powers to the government in policy matters governing the prestigious B-schools, the HRD Ministry is considering doing away with some contentious clauses that may infringe on their autonomy.
The Ministry is in the midst of a consultation process to explore dropping these clauses but a final view would be taken after discussing the issue with HRD Minister Smriti Irani, official sources said.
Sources also said a meeting with the heads of IIMs could also be called for consultations. The Ministry may delete subsection (1) of section 36 of the draft bill which says the IIM “Board may, with the approval of the central government, by notification, make regulations not inconsistent with this Act and the rules made thereunder to carry out the provisions of this Act”.
The IIMs also want section 35 to be removed as it was not discussed with them. Section 35 empowers the Union government, among other things, to “make rules, for carrying out the provisions of this (IIM) Act”.
Several IIMs, especially the older ones led by IIM Ahmadabad, had come down heavily on the government over the draft bill, saying it will not only curtail their autonomy but reduce the IIMs to a mere “operating centre”, while arming the government with sweeping powers.