15 May, 2021

Chicken Coop Raid

Beyond leaked papers, the HRD ministry plans its own subversion on the IIMs Updates

Chicken Coop Raid
Here is a story which, in the best tradition of anecdotes, remains unconfirmed. Some time ago, the Hyderabad-based Indian School of Business invited Andhra Pradesh CM N. Chandrababu Naidu to join its board of directors. Naidu declined and advised the school to never make such an offer to any politician as that would undermine its autonomy. Whether this actually occurred or not, the logic makes immense sense. But clearly, hrd minister Murli Manohar Joshi doesn't agree, determined as he is to do exactly the opposite with India's best B-Schools.

Joshi's record as the man who's 'transformed' the Indian educational system by changing history textbooks, forcing the study of traditional Indian knowledge into the existing curriculum, and reining in autonomous academic institutions like the iits, is well established. Now, it seems the recent CAT (the Common Admission Test for the six Indian Institutes of Management, or IIMs) question paper leak may provide him with just the right stick to beat the IIMs with.

After all, just a few weeks ago, Joshi had asked the six IIMs to sign...

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