Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar asked the Directors and Chairmen of 20 Indian Institutes of Management to submit plans for expansion of their intake capacity from 10,000 to 20,000 students.Javadekar`s instruction came during his meeting with the Directors and Chairman of the B-schools, which was held at the Indian Institute Management-Shillong campus on Tuesday morning.
"We have decided to increase the intake capacity of students from 10,000 to 20,000 so that more students will get an opportunity to take part in these best institutes. All (IIM) Directors have also narrated how they are ready for how much expansion and if there are problems they will mention it and submit action plans on expansion of students intake," Javadekar told journalists.Apart from increasing the B-schools` intake capacity, the minister said, "The IIMs have also decided to expand (the number of) doctoral programmes (PhD programmes) to address the shortage of faculty through creating quality PhDs."
Javadekar said the IIMs would also participate in the new initiative of the government to make 20 world-class universities/institutes."The government will create world-class institutes -- ten in the government sector and ten in the private sector. Therefore, the IIMs should also prepare themselves because these world-class institutes will be decided finally by challenge mode," he said.
Asked whether any of the proposed world-class universities/institutes will be established in the northeastern states, the Union Minister said, "As I said, everybody will participate... As you know, after Modi became Prime Minister, the whole focus on northeast has increased not only in academic but in every sector. Therefore, this programme will be finalised and declared soon after cabinet approval."
He said the government has also decided to start an outreach programmes with alumni and Indian diaspora for their active participation, and to bring more foreign students/foreign faculties, more exchanges between India and foreign countries which would help in creating right perception about the Indian institutes and then we will get right place in international ranking also.On disturbance in universities campuses, Javadekar said, "I think the collective wisdom will prevail ultimately. The campuses that used to get disturbed over the years are now more disciplined. I believe that collective wisdom prevails."