Published On: Thu, Apr 7th, 2011

IM- A will not mentor IIM Udaipur: HRD

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The Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad  will not monitor the upcoming IIM in Udaipur, Rajasthan. The Human Resource Development Ministry has decided to allow IIM – Indore to monitor IIM Udaipur that will be functional from this year itself.

According to sources in the ministry, IIM-A had offered to monitor the institute only after a director is appointed to IIM-Udaipur and its faculty recruited, would it ‘mentor’ the institute. The mentoring as offered by IIM-A would largely be limited to leadership training of faculty to run the new institute. This “superior attitude” of IIM-A is said to have miffed the ministry which was looking at IIM-A to guide IIM-Udaipur from the scratch and raise it much like the older IITs had done with the new ones set up over the past two years. After a few rounds of discussions between IIM-A and the ministry, the latter decided to turn to another IIM for the mentoring.

“The HRD Ministry asked IIM-Indore to help mentor IIM-Udaipur sometime last week. We will help in whatever way we can. We have already helped with IIM-Raipur and whatever little experience we have, we will share with Udaipur which is expected to start its first academic session in June this year,” Prof N Ravichandran, Director IIM-Indore said.

He, however, refused to comment on how IIM-Indore suddenly came into the picture.

Meanwhile, Prof Samir Barua, Director of IIM-A, has confirmed the development clearing their stand in the issue, “We wanted to follow a process that we believed was the best way to mentor an institute, which the ministry may not have agreed to. But we never said no.”
Barua, however, refused to comment on the “superior attitude” allegation, adding that the institute’s rationale was “based completely on choice of process”.

[Source: Indian Express]