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Kolkata IIM decision criticised

By Our Staff Reporter

KOLKATA. April 7. The Chairman of the governing body of the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata, Y.C. Deveshwar, faced criticism today from the faculty council, a day after he decided to implement the fees cut proposed by the Union Human Resource Ministry.

At a press conference, the faculty representatives alleged that the decision was taken "in haste" and ignoring the concerns of all the stakeholders.

The council, which had requested Mr. Deveshwar to review his decision, was considering legal steps as a possible option to counter the move to cut fees.

Alleging that Mr. Deveshwar announced his decision to the faculty and the media simultaneously, faculty representative Asis Bhattacharya said that the decision was made public at 5.45 p.m. when most of the faculty were not available. Another representative and director, Sekhar Chowdhury, was also present at the press conference.

The faculty members, who are in a fix to quote the course fee while selecting the students for 2004-05, feel that the resolution had taken the HRD Ministry's assurance to provide subsidy "at the face value" while it did not have the Finance Ministry's approval.

Mr. Bhattacharya said that the institution was having a strained relationship with the HRD Ministry for over an year and was deprived of assistance. The faculty members were wondering as to what extent the resolution would affect the institution's autonomy and functioning if the HRD Ministry did not keep its promises.

Meanwhile, in a letter to V.S. Pande, Joint Secretary in the HRD Ministry, on April 5, Jahar Sircar, Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Higher Education, West Bengal Government, has questioned the validity of the Government Order to the Kolkata IIM on the fee cut when the issue was being reviewed by the Supreme Court.

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