IIM-C Board passes resolution against director for writing to Govt: ‘improper’

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In an unprecedented transfer, the Board of Governors (BoG) at IIM-Calcutta has handed a resolution against Director Anju Seth for writing straight to the federal government against the BoG Chairman and her alleged incapacity to collaborate with the school, amongst different prices.

In a particular assembly held on February 20, the BoG resolved to “examine” Seth’s conduct because the institute’s head and has empowered the Secretary “to collect all documents pertaining to the same” and current it to the Board on the earliest. In all chance, this report will come up for dialogue on the BoG’s particular assembly known as on Saturday.

A showdown this severe between an IIM Director and the Board is with out a precedent in IIMs, and the resolution against Seth is the primary because the new IIM Act got here into pressure.

It’s not clear whether or not the resolution will pave the way in which for an inquiry against Seth. Both the Director and Chairman, Shrikrishna Kulkarni, didn’t reply to questions despatched by this newspaper on electronic mail Friday. Under the brand new IIM Act, the director can’t be eliminated by the Board from workplace with out an inquiry through which she has been knowledgeable of the costs against her and given an inexpensive alternative of being heard.

One of the principle flashpoints is the letter Seth wrote to Kulkarni and one other she despatched straight to the Ministry of Education (MoE) earlier this month.

As first reported by The Indian Express on February 23, Seth had, in her letter to the federal government, accused the Chairman of infringing on her government powers. She had cited her alleged sidelining in drafting the brand new laws underneath the IIM Act for example of that.

The Board, in its resolution, has mentioned that it was “grossly improper” on Seth’s half to method the federal government and “thereby seeking to cause undue confusion between the Ministry and the Board through misrepresentations of facts”.

It additional goes on to checklist her alleged deficiencies because the institute head. According to the Board, Seth has been unable to prioritise work, meet timelines of motion, foster an “inclusive and professional environment with faculty” and bolster school productiveness by means of consultative and collaborative means.

The BoG has additionally taken exception to Seth’s latest interview to a nationwide each day through which she spoke about her standoff with the institute school. The Director didn’t reply to an electronic mail searching for her response to the Board’s resolution.

The showdown between Seth and the Board is a brand new entrance that has opened up within the ongoing turf struggle at IIM-Calcutta. In December, over three-quarters of the institute’s everlasting school had written to the MoE against the Director and Board.

Among the problems flagged by the lecturers was school scarcity. Sources had mentioned just one new school member had been employed within the final two years regardless of the institute dropping over 10 lecturers on account of resignation, superannuation and voluntary retirement. Some of the exits, the lecturers alleged, have been due to “harassment”.

The school additionally claimed that the disregard of their views on the brand new laws was not like what was completed by peer institutes similar to IIM-A and IIM-B. The Academic Council, the school mentioned, was given solely 5 days to submit options on the draft laws, and their suggestions on centralisation of powers within the Board and Director was not thought-about by the Board whereas finalising the laws.

Seth, in an electronic mail to The Indian Express in January, had dismissed the allegations because the work of “a small group of individuals”, upset along with her efforts to foster a tradition of transparency and accountability. “We are pained by the baseless stories instigated by this small group to sully the institute’s reputation built over decades. Despite the challenges we have confronted, including those posed by the Covid crisis, we are now operating at even greater effectiveness and efficiency with devotion to the success of our talented students. Having converted challenges into opportunities to strengthen our resilience, we are excited to march into the future with integrity and commitment to the pledge of ‘IIM First’, blessed by the good wishes and support of valued members of our faculty and extended community,” Seth had advised The Indian Express in an electronic mail.

Seth was appointed as the primary lady head of IIM-Calcutta in November 2018. An alumnus of IIM-Calcutta (1978), she has a doctorate from the University of Michigan (1988). She joined Virginia Tech in 2008 and headed its division of administration from 2008 to 2013. She will full her time period as director at IIM in a 12 months.

 

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