IIM Shillong backs director, snubs NGO

IIM Shillong backs director, snubs NGO

Shillong: With the Prime Minister’s Office seeking a report from the human resource ministry on allegations that some faculty members had quit in protest against the ‘autocratic’ functioning of its director Prof Ashoke Dutta, IIM Shillong on Thursday said it was a vilification campaign.

“The reports (of faculty exodus) are factually incorrect and intended to stifle a nascent institution. Since the very beginning, efforts have been made by vested interest to ensure that IIM Shillong is unable to start its operations," a statement issued by the IIM administration said.

Blaming a NGO for the campaign, the statement said a premier educational institution that has started functioning in the North East, and within a year and half of its existence ranked among the top B-Schools of the country was unpalatable to them.

The IIM is also contemplating legal recourse to publication of such “factually incorrect and malafide news reports".

As per the allegations, Prof Dutta had appointed a few ‘unimpressive’ people as faculty and ‘misbehaved’ with some staff members.

Currently there are 13 faculty members in the IIM which started functioning from last year.