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IIM lessons for sleuths

New Delhi, Dec. 30: For the country’s top sleuths, promotions may now depend on a set of Indian Institute of Management-class criteria.

Phrases like “performance matrix” and “maximum capacity utilisation” were thrown about on Friday as the CBI signed a pact with IIM Bangalore to help it pull up its socks.

According to the memorandum of understanding, the investigating agency’s officers will be trained in “human resource development”, management techniques, technology, information systems and the optimum use of manpower.

For the sleuths, the key bit of news, perhaps, is that the B-school will help the CBI design a system of rating its officers’ performances, which will be crucial to promotions and rewards.

“The priorities and requirements of the CBI will be identified, measures required for improving its functioning will be suggested, and accordingly a road map for implementation will be formulated,” the director (in-charge) of IIM Bangalore, Devanath Tirupati, told reporters.

One focus area will be tackling financial crimes. “The threat of financial crimes is a challenge to the country’s economy, and concerted efforts are needed to combat this menace,” a senior CBI officer said.

“The fraudsters are adept in using technology. We need to keep pace with the ever-changing technology.”

CBI director Ranjit Sinha was present at the signing. A senior agency officer said: “This is the first time the CBI has enlisted a B-school’s help to enhance the efficiency of its officers and gauge individual performances.”