21 October, 2020

Lateral Thinking

Joshi presented a classic management 'problem'. Will the IIMs be better for it?

Gireesh G. V.
Lateral Thinking
Dr Murli Manohar Joshi is no longer in power. The ex-HRD minister’s controversial plans to cut fees in IIMs, have a common entrance exam for all B-schools, or route donors’ money to their alma mater through his ministry have been dumped by the new upa government. The strong fight that professors, students and alumni put up against Joshi’s bid to rip apart their institutions’ autonomy and quality standards seems to be over. "It’s a vindication of the fact that we were right all along," says a happy Anup Sinha, dean (programme initiatives), IIM-C. In the past few months, normalcy seems to have returned to the campuses of the six IIMs.

There’s also a sense of relief. "During the controversy, there was a sense of apprehension and we were worried about the future," says Shashwat Sharma, a student at IIM-A. Adds Rajat Nebatia, a second-year student at IIM-L, "We feel safe and secure again." And M.V. Rajeev Gowda, IIM-B professor, regrets that an entire year was lost debating and discussing "non-productive issues". In those days, all that one could hear on the campuses...



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