Freeing the IIMs

Freeing the IIMs: Autonomy is a necessary but not sufficient condition for excellence...

Online comments posted on January 29, 2017:

"Let me read the lines "However, autonomy from the government does not necessarily ensure excellence. It is important that the boards enforce standards on the faculty, rather than allow the latter to call the shots and protect its privileges, as is often the case in India." Of late, words like autonomy, administrative independence, freedom from interference etc are being used as if there is an insulation available from "political interference". A via media has to be found out where institutional freedom within the provisions of the law of the land will be protected. For this government support by way of legislative, financial and management support is essential. When institutions become recalcitrant, it is not difficult for government to make them sufficiently weak, till they become 'amenable'. What is needed is harmony in relationship between government and organisations which are also working in public interest supporting governance. "

M G Warrier

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