IIM Calcutta turf war: Director goes to govt against Chairman

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A brand new entrance has opened within the ongoing turf struggle on the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, with Director Anju Seth, this time, writing to the federal government against the institute’s Chairman.

Seth, The Indian Express has learnt, has written to the Ministry of Education alleging that the Board of Governors, led by Chairman Shrikrishna Kulkarni, is infringing on her government powers.

The letter comes lower than two months after over 75% of the IIM-Calcutta college lodged an analogous criticism with the ministry against Seth. The academics had alleged that the Director had centralised powers in her palms and usurped their administration- and decision-making roles.

Seth and Chairman Kulkarni didn’t reply to calls, SMS, and an e mail left by this newspaper.

Seth has, amongst different issues, instructed the federal government that she was sidelined in drafting new rules beneath the amended IIM Act. These rules are to assist oversee and information IIM administration beneath the brand new regulation. Incidentally, this too is comparable to what the college had alleged earlier — that they weren’t consulted by the Board or Seth within the formulation and adoption of the brand new rules.

Seth’s letter against the institute chairman, simply as the college letter against her, is extremely uncommon for an IIM.

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

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

Seth had dismissed the allegations because the work of “a small group of individuals”, upset together 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 instructed The Indian Express in an e mail.

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