B-School delegates meet Dr. Pallam Raju to seek more autonomy
The top B-schools of India met the Union member of HRD Dr. M MPallamRaju on June 26, 2013 in New Delhi. The objective of the meeting was to seek more autonomy for the B-schools. Fr Abraham, Director, XLRI, Prof Joe Philip, President, XIME, Prof Indira Parikh, President, FLAME, Dr G Viswanathan, President, EPSI and Dr H Chaturvedi, Alternate President, EPSI led the delegation of the B-schools.
The various issues that were discussed by the representatives of the top B-schools of India with the MHRD included seeking more autonomy in terms of conducting admissions, deciding curriculum, and drawing fee structure amongst other issues.
The Supreme Court order which was passed in 2010 stated that AICTE had the right to take these decisions has been now put to question by the B-schools and they now seek the autonomy to take the decisions.
“We briefed the Minister about the vibrant growth of management education made possible by the autonomous nature of PGDM program which is free from archaic rules of the universities,” said Dr. HarivanshChaturvedi, Alternate President EPSI & Director, BIMTECH. “An appeal was made to the Minister that the Board should be revived and all development activities related to the management education can be handed over to it,”he added.
The other top B-schools of India which joined Dr. PallamRaju in the meet included Dr. R C Natarajan, Director, TAPMI Manipal; Dr. B Metri, Dean, IMI, New Delhi; Prof. S Sriram, Executive Director, Great Lakes, Chennai; Dr. G P C Nayar, President, SCMS, Kochi; Prof. R K Mishra, Director, IPE, Hyderabad; Dr. Sunil Rai, Director, Goa Institute of Management, Goa; Prof.PradeepBavedkar, MD, MITCOM, Pune; ShekharVishwanathan, Pro Chancellor, VIT, Vellore; Dr. Ashok Mittal, Chancellor, Lovely Professional University and Dipak Gupta, President, JIMS, Delhi.
The AICTE gives the yearly approval to the B-schools and that involves a rigorous procedure. The directors of the top B-schools’ requested for the validity of the approval be increased to 5 years instead of 1 year.
The delegation of the B-schools also requested the minister to create a fair environment in the B-schools which would create a healthy environment for imparting and receiving management education.
Following are the key suggestions given to the MHRD Dr. PallamRajuby the delegates:
(i) Accreditation of Institutions: Not necessarily NBA, but any recognized international accreditation such as AACSB, EQUIS, SAQS and AMBA should be acceptable. Accredited institutions must be given more autonomy in terms of number of students, courses, etc.
(ii) Admissions to Foreign Students: Permitting B-schools to admit students of foreign origin will bring in both foreign exchange and cultural diversity. Currently only institutes offering MBA programs have this privilege. Visa rules for the foreign students should be students friendly.
(iii) Research Grant: Allowing the B-schools to apply for research grant from AICTE should be stopped. This should be confined to top 50 B-schools which have demonstrated research capabilities among their faculty.
(iv) Marketing of Indian MBA Abroad: The MHRD and Ministry of External Affairs should join hands to market the Indian MBA programs in Asia, Europe and Africa.
(v) Attracting NRI Faculty:Opportunity should be created for NRI faculty to work in Indian B-schools by providing them tax free income, good research support and moderate visa rules.
(v) Faculty scarcity:Young scholars should be given chance for joining the teaching at B-schools.A national Ph.D. Scheme can be launched under which 1000 scholars can be given a fellowship of Rs. 50,000 per month for 4 years duration. 50 top B-schools can be asked to run Ph.D. programs. These 1000 scholars can be recruited for next 5 years to groom 5000 talented faculty for B-schools.
(vi) Global Visibility of Indian Management Education: To encourage Indian B-schools for making themselves globally visible from fellow B-schools, there is a need of funding visits of deans, directors and faculty members for attending international conferences, seminars, workshops and symposiums.