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Autonomy of IIMs will not be compromised: Irani


59782 New Delhi: Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani on Friday made it clear that autonomy  of the Indian Institute of Managements (IIMs) will not be compromised under the  proposed IIM draft bill.

“For the first time, the IIMs were asked to prepare the draft of the bill themselves. The  bill was later put in the public domain inviting suggestions from all stakeholders,” she  told media persons after a meeting with Indian Institute of Management (Bangalore)  chairman Kiran Mazumdar.

Irani also said the IIMs were not aware of the fact that the under the new bill the president of India will their visitor and it was believed that all the high-level appointments at the IIMs would be approved by the president.

Shaw said: “I am extremely glad that the government has addressed all our concerns in the new bill with regard to autonomy of IIMs.”

“Other IIMs having almost similar concerns must be happy with the new bill,” she told media persons.

Shaw also tweeted: “Had a fruitful mtg with @HRDMinistry to discuss n resolve issues around autonomy n accountability of IIM Bill – I’m satisfied @smritiirani.”

V.S. Oberoi, secretary, higher education in the HRD ministry, said: “The government will ensure that the character of IIMs as the institute of national importance will be maintained and there will be no compromise on their autonomy.”

The bill is likely to be tabled in parliament in the next session.



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Women in Science Largest Minority: Smriti Irani

She further advocated that these translated works of science be given to school children also to develop in them a "love for science"


Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani on Saturday said women in science are the “largest minority” in the country, with only 14 per cent of them contributing to the profession.

She spoke about an inherent gender bias against women in the society, hampering their entry in the highly competitive world of science.

Smriti Irani said this while inaugurating the 8th Women Science Congress — part of the Indian Science Congress — here at the Lovely Professional University, which is hosting both the events.

“While everyone knows that science is gender-neutral, what is not neutral is capacity of women to get scientific opportunity,” she said.

Women in science largest minority: Smriti Irani.

“Of the 2.8 lakh scientists and engineers employed in research and development across the country, women’s number is only 14 per cent… that makes women the largest minority in science,” she added.

The Minister also called for translation of academic journals and papers into regional languages from English.

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“English is the lingua franca of science. But according to census data, 96.7 per cent of the population resorts to 22 scheduled languages,” she said.

She further advocated that these translated works of science be given to school children also to develop in them a “love for science”. (IANS)