Published On: Mon, Apr 4th, 2011

Sibal: IIM governance structure should change

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The Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal has said that the governance structure of Indian Institutes of Management should change. The minister said that autonomy is given to these institutions so that they can set high standards and achieve excellence.

Aspiring for a series of changes in administration of the institutes, Sibal said: “Their governance structure should change. Boards must be more effective. Instead of having 20-25 members, some of whom do not participate, we should have a smaller, cohesive board. All stakeholders should be part of it,” he said.

The director should be chosen by the board. A search committee can be formed and suggest three names that “they are comfortable with”. Even the selection of the chairman should be from the boards.

Sibal also asked IIMs to collaborate with other premier institutes of the country to provide solutions to the complex problems of the country. He said such institutions should be interacting with the government, private sector, technical institutes and others.

Earlier, Sibal also mentioned his target of achieving full literacy in the country in next few years.

“We firmly believe that in the next few years, we will achieve full literacy in the country,” said the Union minister for human resource development, who is also a strong propagator of the Right to Education Act. The literacy rate has gone up from 64.8% to 74% — female literacy is 65% (up from 53%) and male 82% (as against 75%).

[Source: Times of India]