After the government announced six new Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) last year, the chances of approximately 2 lakh students appearing in the Common Admission Test (CAT) to secure a seat in one of the premier management institutes went up. However, even after the CAT scores are out, there are widespread confusions all around regarding how admission will take place at the newly set up IIMs.
The HRD Ministry’s original roadmap stated that each new IIM would be mentored by an older one. From designing curriculum to admission and appointing faculties, the mentor IIMs were supposed to handhold the new ones in every aspect. There were also reports that geographical proximity will be the most important criteria while choosing the mentor IIMs. That meant IIM Bangalore would mentor IIM Visakhapatnam, IIM Nagpur and IIM Calcutta would guide the new IIM in Odisha, and so on.
Some IIMs even got started with the process – for example, IIM Bangalore sent officials to Visakhapatnam for the land deal. However, the government has since developed cold feet – or so it appears.
A spokesman from IIM-Bangalore said, “We’re waiting for directions from the HRD ministry on which IIM to mentor. As soon as we get the communication, we’ll start the procedure for admissions.”
Adding more to the woes, some of the newer IIMs don’t yet have their locations fixed. “At the moment, everything is up in the air for the new IIMs. It’s a herculean task,” said an IIM director.
The numbers of seats in each of these new IIMs are also not clear. However, it is estimated that each new IIM will be granted 50 seats, increasing the total number of IIMs to around 300.
“The issues are being discussed at the ministry level,” said CAT 2015 convener Rohit Kapoor.
Six New IIMs announced by the Government: