NEW DELHI: IIMs, for the first time, are getting ready to award degrees for their one-year post-graduate management programme, with the human resource development (HRD) ministry softening its position on the issue.
ET has learnt that top IIMs have already started working on the plan.
While IIM Bangalore’s board of governors is learnt to have approved the plan, IIM Ahmedabad is set to take up the proposal in its board meeting on Saturday. IIM Calcutta, which discussed the plan in one of its board meetings, is in advanced discussions with the government to take the proposal forward.
At a recent meeting of the IIMB board of directors, 14 members approved the proposal to grant degrees, instead of diplomas, for its one-year executive post-graduate programme in management. The sole HRD ministry representative is learnt to have reminded the board of the UGC specifications which do not allow degrees for one-year programmes.
IIMB director G Raghuram did not respond to ET queries on the issue.
“Yes, the issue will be discussed at the upcoming board meeting. It is proposed to grant degrees for the oneyear programme. The board will take a view on the matter and we will decide accordingly. The issue was taken up with the ministry last year as well. We don’t think it should be such a big issue. The PG Diploma is well-reputed and well-recognised in the market,” IIMA director Errol D’Souza told ET.
IIM Calcutta is learnt to have discussed the issue in its board meeting and is in consultations with the HRD ministry on the issue. The ministry is learnt to have taken a position similar to the one taken during IIMB meeting.
“While the board has approved degree status for the two-year programme and the doctoral programme, there are concerns around the one-year post-graduate programme. We are in discussion with the HRD ministry on the issue and will take a decision on it after we get adequate clarification from the government,” IIMC acting director and dean (New Initiatives & External Relations) Prashant Mishra told ET.
Top HRD officials told ET that the government has made it clear that IIMs have autonomy (through the IIM Act, 2017) to take their own decision. The ministry, however, may place on record the UGC specifications for a degree course during the IIMB and IIMC board meetings. The UGC norms allow granting of Master’s degree only for two-year programmes. HRD minister Prakash Javadekar had pointed this out to all IIMs in a communication in March 2018. IIM directors, however, had in December 2018 requested the ministry to reconsider its position.