Indian Institutes of Management Act, 2017

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The Indian Institutes of Management Act, 2017
Bhāratīya Prabaṃdhana Saṃsthāna Adhiniyama, 2017
State Emblem of India
Parliament of India
An Act to declare certain Institutes of management to be institutions of national importance with a view to empower these institutions to attain standards of global excellence in management, management research and allied areas of knowledge and to provide for certain other matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
CitationAct no. 33 of 2017
Territorial extentWhole of India
Enacted byLok Sabha
Passed28 July 2017
Enacted byRajya Sabha
Passed19 December 2017
Assented to31 December 2017 (by President of India, Ramnath Kovind)
Commenced31 December 2017
Effective31 December 2017
Legislative history
Bill introduced in the Lok SabhaThe Indian Institutes of Management Bill, 2017
Bill citationBill no. 20-C of 2017
Bill published on9 February 2017
Introduced byPrakash Javadekar (as Minister of Human Resources Development)
Bill introduced in the Rajya SabhaThe Indian Institutes of Management Bill, 2017
Introduced byPrakash Javadekar (as Minister of Human Resources Development)
Related legislation
Summary
The Act provides further autonomy to Indian Institutes of Management by declaring them as institutions of national importance.
Status: In force

The Indian Institute of Management Act, 2017 (IAST: Bhāratīya Prabaṃdhana Saṃsthāna Adhiniyama, 2017) is an Indian legislation. The Act declared the Indian Institutes of Management as institutions of national importance and enabled them to offer degrees and further make substantial changes in their administration.

Premise[edit]

The bill was approved by the Union Cabinet on 24 January 2017.[1][2][3]

The Act was introduced as a bill in Lok Sabha by the Minister of Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, on 9 February 2017. The bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on 28 July 2017,[4] and by the Rajya Sabha on 19 December 2017.[5][6] After receiving the President's assent, the bill became an Act on 31 December 2017.[7][8][9]

Provisions[edit]

The Act declares Indian Institutes of Management as institutions of national importance and grants them the power to give degrees.[6][8][10][11][12]

Board of governors[edit]

The Act provides for the creation of a board of governors, which would act as the principal executive body for each IIM, and would appoint one director for each IIM, whose pay is 225,000 in seventh pay commission but who is entitled to a variable pay.[10][11][12]

The board of governors would have a maximum of nineteen members including one chairperson of the board; a nominee each from central and state governments; two members of the faculty; four eminent personalities from fields including education and industry, one of whom has to be a woman, and; the director of the institute.[10][11][12]

Academic council[edit]

The Act provides for the creation of an academic council for each IIM, which is principle academic body under the act and which would decide the: (a) academic content; (b) criteria and processes for admissions to course; and (c) guidelines for conduct of examinations.[10][11][12]

The academic council would comprise: (a) the director; (b) deans in charge of academics, research, student affairs and other such functions of the institute; (c) chairs and coordinators of various areas, programmes, faculties, centres, departments and schools of the institute; (d) all full-time faculty members at the level of professor and; (e) members, by invitation of the board — on the recommendation of the director — who are eminent in the fields of industry, finance, management, academics and public administration.[10][11][12]

Coordination forum[edit]

The Act provides for the creation of a coordination forum, which would discuss matters pertaining to all IIMs.[10][11][12]

The coordination forum would comprise: (a) Higher Education Secretary (ex-officio); (b) two secretaries in charge of management education of state governments in which the institutes are located, by rotation, each year (ex-officio); (c) four chairpersons of institutes, to be nominated by the chairperson of the coordination forum, by rotation for two years; (d) the director of each institute (ex-officio); (d) five eminent personalities—of whom one has to be of a woman—in the fields of academia and public service.[10][11][12]

The bill also proposes to incorporate many other changes like audit of institutes by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.[10][12]

Aftermath[edit]

Even after the commencement of the Act, not all IIMs granted degrees in the first year of its commencement.[13] IIM Lucknow, IIM Ranchi, IIM Rohtak and IIM Ahmedabad granted postgraduate diplomas,[13][14] whereas IIM Bangalore, IIM Indore, IIM Udaipur, IIM Visakhapatnam granted degrees.[13][15][16][17]

In March 2018, IIMs were told at a meeting with HRD ministry that the Act only empowered them to grant degrees for courses with duration of two years or more.[18][19] Further, the ministry told the institutes that, for them to confer degrees not mentioned in the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, the institutes would have to seek the government's permission.[20] IIMs were also asked to chalk up their action plan and outline their long term strategy.[21]

References[edit]

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  11. ^ a b c d e f g Rao, Nivedita; Suhag, Roopal (30 March 2017). "Legislative brief - The Indian Institutes of Management Bill, 2017" (PDF). PRS Legislative Research. New Delhi. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
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  17. ^ Rao, Umamaheswara (30 March 2018). "In a first, IIM-V students awarded MBA degrees instead of diplomas". The Times of India. Visakhapatnam. OCLC 23379369. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  18. ^ "IIMs can offer MBA only for 2-year course, B-schools told at HRD Ministry meeting". The Indian Express. New Delhi. Express News Service. 15 March 2018. OCLC 70274541. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  19. ^ "IIMs can offer MBA only for 2-year course". Times Now. New Delhi. Times Now Digital. 15 March 2018. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  20. ^ Chopra, Ritika (13 March 2018). "HRD Ministry: 'IIM degree should be in accordance with UGC Act'". The Indian Express. New Delhi. OCLC 70274541. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  21. ^ "IIMs asked to outline action plan, help frame rules under new act". Hindustan Times. New Delhi. HT Correspondent. 15 March 2018. Retrieved 2 April 2018.