The government was on Friday in the Lok Sabha questioned on a number of issues related to the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bill, 2017, that aims at giving B-schools more autonomy and will allow them to grant degrees. One involved removal of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi’s name from IIM Shillong via the bill.
Participating in the debate on the IIM bill in the Lok Sabha, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor welcomed the measure and congratulated the government for deciding to relinquish power, but criticised the move to remove former PM Rajiv Gandhi’s name from IIM Shillong.
He also said that the bill did not mention reservations.
“The minister said the law of the land will prevail on it, but earlier it was specifically mentioned,” Tharoor said.
The Congress leader also pointed out that at present, out of the total teachers in the IIMs, only two were from the Scheduled Castes and none from the Scheduled Tribes.
Tharoor also accused the government of stooping low by removing former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi’s name from IIM Shillong via the bill.
“It is petty of the government to stoop so low,” Tharoor said.