Do we need more IIMs ?
PM has huge passion for inauguration and foundation stones laying ceremonies. He laid the stone of permanent campus of IIM Sambalpur, Odisha on Jan 2. Then, in quick succession, GAIL’s much-delayed Kochi-Mangaluru natural gas pipeline project was inaugurated on Jan 4, 2021.
Fair enough. But, trumpeting achievements through long speeches is like addressing a political rally. Public apathy. I do not blame PM Modi ,but,his chatukaars.These insidious enemies include his ghost speech writers who takes pride in producing long speeches. More quantitative than qualitative.
I have always stood against PM’s detractors who have failed to advise him appropriately. Modi is irreplaceable. As his fan , I consider it my duty to be upfront.
Reverting to PM’s speech at IIM Sambhalpur, one is not sure whether PM had the clear idea of what the Management schools are supposed to teach? What did he want to convey by his favourite expression : “ Innovation, integrity and inclusive ?” Are these subjects taught in IIMs? Or, was it just a south indian Saambhar-like phraseology that can be used on any occasions : political, scientific or religious.Why is PM fond of giving a stick to the wayward Opposition to beat his party with?
Does the country need more management schools? Absolutely not. For most management aspirants , the objective of getting management diploma or degree from low grade schools, is not enterprise but a good job with attractive salary. A vast majority of them do not get anything like that because of poor quality of intake and worse, teaching. The bitter truth is that the top management schools admit only the best students with exceptional academic records. Here is a revelation based on my decade long experience as a Mentor for civil services aspirants. My long experience holding a critical position in UPSC at senior level ,comes in handy.
Of late, the management aspirants are not getting attracted to new IIMs.The latest trend is that even managers trained in top IIMs are now keen to join the Civil Services after appearing in UPSC civil services examination.
The little known fact is that students ,no longer, wish to complete in the admission process for IIMs like Vizag, Bodh Gaya, Nagpur or Sambhalpur. The new IIMs are being mentored by old IIMs which are known by their alumni rather than competent faculties.The private management schools are money-making machines. Poor infrastructures and incompetent faculties.
All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) as the national-level Apex Advisory Body under Min of HRD ,is mandated to conduct surveys of facilities available for technical education and promote development. A big farce. A den of corruption. No recognitions / No clean chits without money power.
Same opinion is held by me for opening new medical colleges across the country. Bribes running into crores of rupees. PM may hold a judicial and transparent enquiry. How teams of fake teachers and medical doctors are created with hired buildings infrastructures for getting NOC for opening private managements institutes and universities . Congress-led UPA and its supremo, were specialists in games of corruption.
Flawed recruitment models continue to produce accidental bureaucrats. Too many job seekers in the country.
Game-changing reforms are needed to grapple with India’s increasing responsibilities and bring about Good governance, PM’s favourite dream,still remains a far cry.
A K Saxena (A former civil servant)