The Ministry of Education (MoE) has officially notified the revised rules for the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), granting the President of India, who serves as the Visitor of all IIMs, the authority to dissolve the governing board of any IIM for persistent non-compliance with directives. This move represents a significant expansion of the President’s power over the IIMs and is expected to enhance accountability and transparency within these institutions.
The revised rules, which were first notified in November 2023, outline three specific grounds for dissolving an IIM board:
- Persistent disobedience of the Visitor’s orders
- Action in the public interest
- Circumstances beyond the board’s control that hinder its ability to perform its duties
Revised IIM Rules Notified: President Can Dissolve Board for Disobedience
The rules also stipulate that the President must provide the board with an opportunity to be heard before dissolving it. However, if the board fails to comply with the President’s orders, the President can proceed with the dissolution without further notice.
This enhanced power of the President is intended to ensure that the IIMs operate in accordance with the highest standards of governance and remain responsive to the needs of the country. It is also expected to deter instances of mismanagement and corruption within the IIMs.
In addition to the authority to dissolve boards, the revised rules also provide the President with the power to appoint the chairperson of the board of governors and remove IIM directors. These measures are aimed at strengthening the President’s oversight of the IIMs and ensuring that these institutions are headed by competent and qualified individuals.
The revised IIM rules have been welcomed by many as a step towards greater accountability and transparency within these prestigious institutions. However, some have expressed concerns about the potential for increased government interference in the autonomy of the IIMs. It remains to be seen how the President will exercise his new powers and whether the revised rules will achieve their intended objectives.
- The President of India, as the Visitor of IIMs, can now dissolve the governing board of any IIM for persistent disobedience of directives, action in the public interest, or circumstances beyond the board’s control.
- The President must provide the board with an opportunity to be heard before dissolving it, but the President can proceed without further notice if the board fails to comply.
- The revised rules also empower the President to appoint the chairperson of the board of governors and remove IIM directors.
- The revised IIM rules are intended to enhance accountability and transparency within IIMs and ensure that these institutions operate in accordance with the highest standards of governance.