IIM-A Facing Acute Faculty Crunch

Professors at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) help students land dream jobs. But, it seems now they themselves are landing dream jobs outside the campus.

Over the last couple of years, several senior faculty members have quit the premier business school to pursue their own interests or have taken sabbaticals to explore green pastures elsewhere.

“Students and management programmes have doubled at IIM-A in the last 10 years, but the faculty number has been almost the same. This, despite the fact that the institute recruits actively every year,” said a senior faculty member. In 2000-01, there was one faculty member for every five students. Today, there is one faculty member for every 10 students. Between 2000-01 and 2012-13, the number of students has gone up by 117%. As against this, the faculty strength has increased by just about 10%.

In the last three academic years, senior and visiting faculty members who bid adieu to IIM-A or took a sabbatical include Dileep Mavlankar, Devanath Tirupati, MS Sriram, Pankaj Chandra, Ramesh Bhat, Pranaya Srivastava, G Raghuram and N Ravichandran.

Several other professors like Nagesh Rao, Tejas Desai, Arpita Ghosh, Smeeta Mishra, Subhashini Kaul, Sandeep Parekh and Abhishek Mishra have quit their jobs. Former dean of alumni and external relations Atanu Ghosh, who was a visiting faculty for four years at IIM-A, went back to his parent institute IIT Bombay this year.

Admitting the paucity, Ajay Pandey, dean of faculty, said, “About 8 to 10 faculty members join the institute every year but attrition is a problem — many fresh recruits say their spouses find it difficult to get attractive jobs in Ahmedabad.”

However, figures suggest that attrition is not limited to fresh recruits, as senior faculty members have taken up jobs to become directors or deans at different colleges. The institute has a minimum requirement of 120 faculty members. Pandey added that many faculty members have also retired since 2010. At IIM-A a retiring professor can get a 5-year extension to work as visiting faculty but insiders say not many are able to get one. “Once foreign institutes start setting up shop in India, the problem will aggravate further,” said a senior faculty member.

Courtesy Times Of India