Irani asks IIMs to create knowledge consortium


Calling for the Indian Institutes of Managements (IIMs) to bring their management expertise in national development goals, Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Zubin Irani has set out a 13-point agenda for them.

Addressing the IIMs’ Conclave with Chairpersons and Directors of 13 IIMs in Bengaluru, Irani asked them to come up with strategies for making the country both manpower ready and teacher ready. She said that along with IITs, IIITs and Central Universities, the IIMs should create a mechanism for a ‘Global Talent Pool’ of eminent persons, who could then contribute their expertise not only to IIMs but to other institutions in the country as well.

“IIMs needed to create a knowledge consortium, based on efforts by IIM Ahmedabad, by bringing together various institutions so as to make possible ideas like credit transfer and twinning programmes,” she said.

Irani said IIMs needed to work with local industries and local communities with a view to enhance their management capacity. She also asked IIMs to contribute their management expertise to such national projects as development of Smart Cities and Green Cities.

The interaction focused on issues related to national development goals, admission process in IIMs, review of the institutes, National Ranking Framework for the management institutions, ICT and other pedagogical innovations and initiatives to scale up research in IIMs, especially the socially relevant research as also to have greater impact on national policy implementation.