Indian Institute of Management-Indore (IIM-I) is again facing a crisis of credibility with half a dozen professors quitting job, ostensibly for ‘personal reason’, in the last couple of months.
Although IIM-I director N Ravichandran sought to dismiss the ‘exodus’ with an I-don’t-understand-the question retort, insiders say this portends ill for the premier institute. The IIM-I was recently in the eye of a storm over the then chairman LN Jhunjhunwala’s resignation. He had levelled serious allegation against the director.
Highly placed source in IIM-I said quitting by half a dozen faculty members in two months for greener pasture has made a dent on the institute’s reputation.
He, however, added that all of those who quit cited personal reason for their decision. Prof Mahesh Ramamani, one of the professors to quit and join an institute in Bangalore, said, “I am not totally detached with IIM-I as I will hold a couple of lectures there. But I have moved to Bangalore for personal reason.”
Others who quit include Prof A Kanagaraj and Prof Pradyumna Dash. Prof Dash is reported to have joined IIM- Raipur as associate professor. He was offered better remuneration and promotion at IIM-Raipur, the sources said.
IIM director Ravichandran had faced charges from seven IIM-I faculty members — PK Singh, DL Sunder, MR Shreenath, Lalitha Sreenath, S Ray, Keyur Thaker and A Kanagaraj – of irregularities including arbitrary appointments and regularization of contractual employees in violation of norms.
Courtesy Daily Bhaskar
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