IIT to pick their Director; HRD ministry committee

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Under a new Act, the IIM’s were granted unprecedented autonomy. Similar to the 20 premier business schools, a committee of IIT directors learnt to have sought powers to appoint their own institute heads and chairmen.

On October 24, 2018, the seven-member panel, headed by former IIT-Kanpur chairman M Anand krishnan, was set up by the HRD Ministry to explore the feasibility of diluting government control over the 23 IITs. The directors of IIT-Madras, IIT-Kharagpur, IIT-Bombay, IIT-Delhi and IIT-Kanpur and a professor of IIT-Madras are the other panel members.

Last Year on November 5 and December 9 the committee, which was specifically asked to suggest changes in the composition of the Board of Governors (BoG) of the IITs, held two meetings, during which members examined the new IIM act.

At present, the director is appointed  by the IIT council (headed by the HRD minister), with prior approval of the President of India.

The report has recommended amendment to Clause 6 (dealing with duties and powers of an IIT), Clause 11 (composition of the BoG) and Clause 17 (on appointment of director) of the IIT Act, 1961, to introduce the proposed changes.

As per clause 11 of the IIT Act,currently the BoG has nine members, all of them are directly or in directly nominated by the government. In contrast, 15 members are there in new IIM act, of which five are the institute alumni.

According to the committee that out of 14 members, at least two women should be there, and one member from the schedule caste and schedule tribe category.

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