Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIM-B), may have a new director and the candidate may be an international academician.
The tenure of the incumbent director Prof Pankaj Chandra is ending in December. Amita Sharma, additional secretary, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), told Express that the search-cum-selection process for a suitable candidate for the Director’s post has concluded.
The Board of Governors of the institute have shortlisted three names for the post.
Amita said, “The Board of Governors of IIM-B will take the final call on the new appointment. The MHRD has given the IIMs the autonomy to choose the candidate for the post.”
“It is not necessary that an Indian has to be appointed as head of the institution. Advertisements for the search of IIM-A and IIM-B Directors were put out in the international media as well expanding the search across other world-class universities,” she added.
IIM-B is looking at an eminent academician in management education who has a doctoral degree in a relevant discipline, a full-time professor in an institute of repute and have a strong research or publication record.
According to the amendment approved by the ministry, the Memorandum of Arrangement (MoA) among the top management institutes clearly states that the central institutions can take independent decisions regarding the appointment of the directors.