New Delhi: Only two of the four Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) the government had plannned to open this year will start functioning by their end-June start date, and with a reduced intake of students, according to two officials at the human resource development (HRD) ministry.
The start of the IIMs in Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh, and Trichy, Tamil Nadu, has been postponed till next year, said the officials who declined to be named.
Delayed start: IIM-Bangalore. The start of the new IIMs in Raipur and Trichy has been postponed till next year. Hemant Mishra/Mint
Delays by the Chattisgarh government in registering the planned IIM in Raipur as a society and the non-availability of adequate infrastructure in Trichy have stalled the two institutes that were to offer the flagship postgraduate programme in management, said a senior HRD ministry official familiar with the situation.
The mandatory registration came through eventually, but it was too late to begin the process of setting up a temporary campus and other facilities for IIM-Raipur to open by its scheduled start date, the official said.
B. Baijendra Kumar, Chhattisgarh’s principal secretary to the chief minister and principal secretary for public relations, said the state government had given the HRD ministry land to set up an IIM.
The ministry should have started the registration process and work on setting up a temporary campus earlier, Kumar said.
The IIMs in Ranchi (Jharkhand) and Rohtak (Haryana) will be started as scheduled, but with a fewer number of students, said the HRD ministry official quoted above.
The Central government had promised to open the four new IIMs starting this academic year from temporary campuses to meet the demand from students for admission to the elite business schools. India has seven IIMs, at Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Lucknow, Indore, Kozhikode and Shillong.
Four IIMs—including the ones in Raipur and Trichy—will open next year. IIM-Raipur and IIM-Trichy may start offering short-term executive programmes later this year.
The new IIMs were to admit 140 students each. Even the schools in Ranchi (Jharkhand) and Rohtak (Haryana) are not in a condition to accommodate so many students. While IIM-Rohtak will admit just 50 students to begin with, IIM-Ranchi will start with less than 70, HRD ministry officials said.
This means that at least 400 students will be deprived of admission to the elite IIMs this year.
“You need huge infrastructure to start an IIM,” said Devi Singh, director of IIM-Lucknow, which is is mentoring IIM-Rohtak. “At Rohtak, we are admitting 50 students this year. It will increase to 140 with improvement in infrastructure and other facilities.”