With an aim to make the Indian Institutes of Management and the Indian Institutes of Technology 'World Class' institutes of education, the HRD Minister has urged the institutions to go beyond their area of specilisation.
He has suggested the IIMs and the IITs to think beyond the box and provide courses other than technology and management and turn multidisciplinary.
This suggestion came in light of Finance Minister Arun Jaitely's plan to elevate IITs & IIMs' status to 'deemed universities' in place of the current 'institute of national importance'.
According to a draft policy released by the HRD Ministry, the IITs and IIMs are asked turn multidisciplinary and focus on both teaching and research of exceptionally high quality.
The draft also stated that the two premier Indian institutions should attain the 'World Class' status and the satisfy the stated criteria within a fixed period of time.
Earlier, the HRD Minister had also invited the IITs and IIMs to prepare and bid for the 'World Class' institution'.
Reacting to the suggestions, an IIM official stated that it is impossible to label IIMs as 'multidisciplinary' as the institution has always been known as a management school.
Similarly, an IIT professor said that the bid to change IITs into multidisciplinary to improve global ranking was attempted during previous year which failed to materialize.
The draft also suggests enrolling about 20,000 students more in the next 15 years. Labelling it as a tough task, an IIM professor says such criterion will lead to compromising quality.
According to sources, a government official says that the IITs and IIMs have to change their character to get more academic and administrative freedom as well as to enjoy more funds.
World Class institution, deemed university, or global rankings; do these premier institutions have to go 'multidisciplinary' to achieve this? Or does increasing the number of intake make them better institutions? What is your take on it? Let us know in the comments section below.