Prakash Javadekar has assured the directors of all IIMs that their demand for full autonomy will be fulfilled.
In September 2016, Prakash Javadekar, the HRD Minister, met with all the IIM directors and assured them that their demands in the bill regarding full autonomy will be met. The Indian Societies Registration Act grants each of the IIMs autonomy and independence to conduct its operations and activities. After many revisions to previous versions of the proposal, the recent draft of the bill has been carefully examined by the Ministry of Law and has accepted many suggestions of the PMO.
IIM heads believe that full autonomy will help their institutions grow in terms of curriculum, teaching methods, experiments etc. and eradicate political interference. The bill also states the demand for greater autonomy and degree granting power for appointment of directors has also been considered. The HRD minister favoured this move and expressed that more institutions should seek autonomy. He also stated that they should also take responsibilities to offer degrees as per their own merit and strength.
The bill, demanding complete autonomy for IIMs, will enable all the 19 IIMs to offer degrees instead of diplomas for their two year postgraduate programme. Currently the IIM is headed by the HRD minister, along with senior officers of the MHRD, the chairpersons and directors of all IIMs.