Question mark over new chairman: IIMA proposes, Smriti disposes


A sparkling controversy threatens to mark Smriti Irani‘s tenure as Union HRD minister. This time it includes the united states’ top-rated management institute. The Ministry of Human resource improvement (MHRD) has rejected the proposal to hire IIM Ahmedabad‘s next chairman from most of the names cautioned by using the quest committee. A search panel headed through former IIMA chairman and CMD of L&T constrained Anil M Naik had forwarded names of 3 commercial enterprise tycoons — R Seshasayee, Chairman of the Board of administrators, Infosys, Deepak Parekh, chairman, HDFC, and Pawan Munjal, CMD, Hero MotoCorp, as potential candidates for the post of the new chairman.


At gift, the chairman and coping with director of pharma large Cadila, Pankaj Patel, is period in-between chairman of IIMA. in step with IIMA sources, that is the primary time that MHRD has dismissed the concept of appointing a boss from a shortlist of 3 pinnacle-notch and effective commercial enterprise personalities of the Indian corporate international. As a procedure underneath the Memorandum of affiliation between MHRD and IIMA, a search committee fashioned via the institute shortlists 3 names. MHRD reserves the strength to hire a chairperson from the shortlisted candidate. The Chairman of IIMA oversees and solves all policy-associated problems in the institute. The Chairman also supports numerous tasks of the institute and helps get assets to ensure easy functioning. The director of IIMA reports to the chairman, who is head of the Board of Governors.

“We had been all ready to pay attention approximately the appointment of the next chairman from a number of the names chosen. Alternatively, we were knowledgeable that the shortlist did no longer please the top bosses. this indicates, the complete method of forming a seek committee and shortlisting three names will be repeated. We got here to recognize approximately it when we acquired an electronic mail in search of (sparkling) guidelines for the next chairman,” stated a supply close to the improvement and who did no longer desire to be quoted. This reporter has seen the stated email. Whilst MHRD’s rejection will postpone the appointment of IIMA’s subsequent chairman, sources near the improvement said that both the MHRD is “not satisfied with the manner followed” in shortlisting the applicants or desires to appoint a candidate related to the political party.


“whilst we received the e-mail suggesting more names for the chairmen publish, the first aspect that came to our thoughts became that we’d quickly be advocated names of businesspersons close to the BJP,” said a senior school member who also refused to be recognized. “IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Bangalore are the most effective two IIMs inside u. s. wherein the institute can shortlist the candidate, and the MHRD takes the very last name on the appointment. At other IIMs, appointments are made via MHRD immediately. So, here, when they rejected names advised by the committee, it seemed as if they desired a greater say within the depend,” stated the senior faculty member.

Naik heads the four-member search committee. It accommodates Sanjay Lalbhai CMD, Arvind, Pankaj Patel, CMD, Cadila Healthcare, who recently appointed chairman of IIM Udaipur, and D Shivakumar, who is chairman & CEO, Pepsico India Holdings.
Naik chose to step down from the post of chairman in January this year. In March, the IIMA governors appointed Pankaj Patel, CMD of Cadila Healthcare, as the period in-between chairman. Patel will continue at the post till the next chairman is appointed through MHRD. a detailed email query to IIMA’s intervening time chairman Pankaj Patel and director Ashish Nanda acquired a one-line reaction announcing the institute would no longer like to touch upon the matter.