Hemmed in by the Board, IIM-Calcutta director resigns a year before her term ends

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Almost a month after the institute’s Board of Governors (BoG) clipped her powers, Anju Seth, IIM-Calcutta’s first girl director, has give up the put up virtually a year before her term ends, The Indian Express has realized.

Seth’s resignation comes two days after she went on sick go away, leaving Prashant Mishra, Dean (New Initiatives and External Relations), in cost as performing director. Her term was to finish in February 2022. The newspaper couldn’t attain her for a remark.

The improvement is critical because it comes in opposition to the backdrop of an unprecedented confrontation between the director and the institute’s Board. Seth had accused Chairman Shrikrishna Kulkarni of infringing on her government powers, and the Board, in flip, had accused her of improper conduct.

As first reported by The Indian Express on March 4, the confrontation snowballed into a full-blown disaster final month after the Board handed a decision in opposition to Seth and divested her of the powers to make appointments and take disciplinary motion.

In what may have additional ratcheted up stress in opposition to Seth, the BoG began an early search for her successor in the first week of March by promoting the. The IIM Act states that an institute’s Board ought to provoke a new director’s appointment 9 months forward of the put up falling vacant.

In December, over 75% of the IIM-Calcutta school had, in a letter to the Ministry of Education, alleged that Seth had centralised powers and usurped their administration and decision-making function.

Seth, in an electronic mail to The Indian Express in January, had dismissed the allegations as the work of “a small group of individuals”, upset with her efforts to foster a tradition of transparency and accountability.

Seth was appointed as the first girl head of IIM-Calcutta in November 2018. She is an alumnus of IIM-Calcutta (1978) and has a doctorate from University of Michigan (1988). She joined Virginia Tech in 2008 and headed its division of administration from 2008 to 2013. Previously, she was with University of Illinois and University of Houston.

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