Union minister for Human Resource Development (HRD), Prakash Javadekar, has asked IIMs to double their intake from 10,000 students to 20,000 students per year. In a meeting with the directors and chairmen of 20 IIMs at IIM Shillong, the HRD minister asked them to propose a plan for this.
Javadekar said, "We have decided to increase the intake capacity of students from 10,000 to 20,000 so that more students will get the 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 student intake."
"The IIMs have also decided to expand (the number of) doctoral programmes to address the shortage of faculty through creating quality PhDs," he added.
"We also discussed how to expand Ph.D programmes by offering IIM scholars more fellowships. As in IITs Council, we have decided to give Prime Minister Research Fellowship. We will also take government's approval for Prime Minister's scholarship for the best of best PhD scholars in IIMs. But the final decision will be taken by the cabinet," he told the journalists.
The IIMs are also expected to participate in the government's initiative to make 20-world class institutes/ universities. Ten institutes will be in the government sector and ten will be in the private sector.
IIMs will be creating content for the online course 'SWAYAM'. The content will be for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
He did not say anything about the introduction of reservation in the faculty positions of IIMs. "I do not know who started all this. It is already in the Constitution, no one can bypass the Constitution. So, reservation is already there."
Prakash Javadekar urged the IIMs to be the forerunners in developing world-class education system in the country.