New Delhi, Nov 26 (UNI) The government today said no decision had been taken on the location of the proposed six Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), which were announced by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the occasion of the 60th Independence Day.
In a written reply, Minister of State for Human Resource Development D Purandeswari said the Prime Minister had, in fact, announced setting up of seven IIMs across the country.
She said one of these IIMs had since been set up in Shillong, Meghalaya.
''However, a decision on the location of the remaining institutions has not yet been taken,'' she pointed out.
The minister was replying to a specific query whether there was a proposal to locate an IIM near Guntur in Andhra Pradesh.
Replying to another query, she said there had been no change in the established procedure for selection of an IIM Director.
Ms Purandeswari said the Directors of IIMs are appointed by the Appointment Committee of the Cabinet on the basis of the recommendation of a Search-cum-Selection Committee constituted for this purpose.
''In accordance with this procedure, Prof. Samir Kumar Barua has been appointed to the post of Director, IIM, Ahmedabad with effect from November 8, 2007,'' she informed the House.
The minister also asserted that the government is committed to maintaining the autonomy of IIMs and retaining their character as centres of excellence.
In this connection, she referred to the decision to restore to the IIMs the power to decide on the fee structure.
She said the HRD ministry had also introduced the Block Grant Scheme to these institutions to restore their financial autonomy.
Also, the Board of Governors of IIMs at Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Kolkata which are not dependent on government grants have been authorised to take decisions regarding the increase in faculty strength and introduction of new courses.
Ms Purandeswari said the government has set up a Review Committee, headed by R C Bhargava, and its one of the terms of reference is to review expansion plans of the IIMs during the next decade with a view to optimal utlisation of the existing capacities.