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New IIMs struggle in absence of permanent faculty

The
newly opened Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) are suffering due to absence
of permanent faculty. The  new IIMs that
were opened last year at Ranchi, Raipur and Rohtak do not have adequate
permanent faculty. Almost all the classes in these institutions are being taken
by visiting faculty. 

 “I am the only permanent faculty,” said P.
Rameshan, director of IIM-Rohtak which is running out of a temporary campus
inside Maharshi Dayanand University in Rohtak. 

The
entire syllabus in these institutes is being taught by visiting professors. 

Rameshan
agreed that shortage of full-time teachers is affecting the learning process as
well as summer placements, which are typically handled by full-time faculty
members. “The summer placement should have ended by September, but we are
stretching it to the new year (January),” he said. 

The
institute admitted 50 students in its first batch and plans to add 120 more
this year. It will need around 20 faculty members. 

Rameshan
said IIM-Rohtak started recruiting teachers in the last week of December. “We
will not like this problem to continue and hope to recruit almost 15 faculty
members.” 

According
to the HRD Officials the situation in Ranchi and Raipur IIMs is same where
visiting teachers from IIM-Kolkata and IIM-Indore are making up for the faculty
shortage. 

IIM-Ranchi
admitted 45 students in its first batch, while IIM-Raipur admitted 65. Both
plan to increase the number of admissions this year. 

“These
institutes are just a year old as they have come up in 2010. We understand the
problem they face, but hope things will improve. The official said lack of
full-time teachers can be frustrating, and affects the growth of any institute,”
said a ministry official. 

Shekhar
Choudhury, director of IIM-Kolkata, which is handholding IIM-Ranchi, said
professors from his institute had helped students of IIM-Ranchi to finish their
course, as well as in summer placements. 

“Yes,
permanent faculty bring a lot of benefit for students, but Ranchi students will
enjoy them once their own faculty join,” he said. 

The
faculty crunch may become severe as the government has already announced that
three more IIMs would be opened at Trichy in Tamil Nadu, Kashipur in
Uttarakhand and Udaipur in Rajasthan. 

Narayanan
Ramaswamy, executive director at auditing and consulting firm KPMG, said while
opening IIMs in new places to make them more accessible is good, lack of
faculty will hamper higher education. 

“Higher
education is not only about teaching. Research is very important. Here, we are
lagging behind because of faculty crunch. This is a key area of concern,” he
said. 

The Indian
Institutes of Management (IIM) are graduate business schools in India that also conduct research and provide consultancy services
in the field of management to various sectors of the Indian economy. IIMs are India’s elite business schools. Older IIMs are
located in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Lucknow, Indore, Kozhikode and
Shillong. 

[Source:
Livemint]

 

 

 

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