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Meeting of chairpersons and directors of IIMs on Wednesday would take up the issue of common counselling for admission to the institutes.
To be chaired by HRD minister Kapil Sibal, the meeting would also discuss the publication of proposed IIM Business Review on the lines of the Harvard Business Review. Besides, Sibal would take stock of progress on the establishment of six new IIMs. The substantive issues would be amendment in the memorandum of association of IIMs and related issues like the size of board of governors, accountability of board, selection process of directors and chairpersons. All the IIMs have amended their MoAs that have been sent for approval to the ministry. A clearer picture would emerge after the meeting. The issue of IIM-Indore offering a five-year diploma course has been cleared by the ministry, but on the condition that the institute cannot offer a degree. A degree cannot be given by IIMs. We have made it clear to IIM-Indore, sources said. The contentious issue of number of teaching hours in IIMs is on the agenda. In many IIMs, faculty is protesting against 160 hours of teaching annually. Even time spent on research gets factored in this. The protest is misplaced and needs to be sorted out. It has been found that faculty feels 160 hours of teaching would get in the way of their consultancy work, a source said.IIT-B, Amity bid for campuses in New York:The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and Noida-based Amity University are among 15 institutions worldwide that have submitted bids to the city of New York to set up a science and engineering campus in the city under a plan by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to drive local economic growth and create jobs. The city received seven proposals from a total of 17 institutions.
Courtesy: Times of India
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