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`Stronger IIMs can't help weaker ones'

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New Delhi, June 18

WELCOMING the HRD Ministry's move to allow the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) to decide their own fee structure, the Chairman of IIM Ahmedabad board, Mr N.R. Narayana Murthy, has disapproved the idea of financially better-off institutes supporting the weaker ones.

``IIM Ahmedabad cannot take up other IIMs. It cannot do anything for others,'' Mr Murthy told newspersons when asked whether financially sound IIMs can help the weaker ones. ``IIMs at Indore and Lucknow are good institutes. They have good people and I am sure they will be taken forward,'' he said. Mr Murthy said each IIM should help itself.

He was, however, open to the idea of faculty transfer. ``This can be discussed,'' he said.

The idea of stronger IIMs helping the weaker ones came up as Mr Arjun Singh, the HRD Minister, announced plans to set up an IIM in the North-East. Mr Singh had said the institute would be set up and operated by one of the established IIMs after which it would function independently.

After IIM Indore, IIM Kolkata on Friday decided to revert to the old fee structure but offer need-based scholarship to students whose family income was less than Rs 2 lakh per annum. Other IIMs too, are expected to stick to the fee formula, which was first announced by IIM Indore.

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