All the Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) Directors has been asked by the Ministry of Human Resource Department (HRD) to approach them with recommendations of the R. C. Bhargava-led IIM review committee on Wednesday. The recommendations offered by the Bhargava committee were not completely approved by most IIMs. The meeting was held to discuss the mentoring of new IIMs proposed to commence this year with the assistance of existing IIMs. The IIMs were earlier reluctant towards the recommendations citing the resource and faculty crunch. However, the IIMs had taken a strong exception to the key recommendation of the Bhargava Committee that proposed a pan-IIM board be created to synchronize amongst all the seven existing IIMs and the upcoming IIMs.
The 40-page report was packed with 22 recommendations, mentioning clearly that IIMs cannot expect to become completely independent of the government. The IIM Directors are expected to register their reservation against the pan-IIM board concept; they may even decide to follow up on some other recommendations of the committee when they will submit their perspective to the ministry by the end of this month.