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DMI future for rural studies

- Chief minister nod to management institute name

Patna, Jan. 1: Think rural management and Anand in Gujarat comes to mind. But rural development minister Nitish Mishra believes people would soon associate rural management studies with Bihar.

The reason is, very soon Bihar would have its own Institute of Rural Management Anand (Irma), called Development Management Institute (DMI). The name was finalised at a recent high-level meeting chaired by chief minister Nitish Kumar where he directed officials concerned to complete recruitment of faculty for the institute by March so that the academic work could begin from the coming academic session, July-August, itself.

The minister said: “Opening of such an institute was envisaged while planning the agenda for good governance in 2010-2015. Today people know just about Irma, but in the coming days, DMI would be known for studies in rural management in the country.”

Mishra apart, the meeting was attended by core committee members including former chief secretary Anup Mukerji, Irma faculty members K.V. Raju and H.K. Mishra, Jeevika chief executive officer-cum-state mission director Arvind Kumar Chaudhary, Chief minister’s principal secretary Anjani Kumar Singh and secretary to chief minister, Atish Chandra.

“Chief minister gave his consent regarding name of the institute. It would be called Development Management Institute (DMI). The premises of Chandragupt Institute of Management, Patna, would serve as makeshift campus for DMI till its own campus comes up,” an official who attended the meeting told The Telegraph.

“Chief minister emphasised on completing faculty recruitment work by end of March so that academic work could begin from coming academic session itself,” the official said.

The meeting also discussed how to recruit faculty members. Once a sizable number of potential faculty members are identified, they should be invited to a seminar in Bihar or at Irma, it was decided. The group should consist of a good mix of young researchers and senior academics. Also they should be in their mid-30s. The chief minister also hinted that the faculty’s pay scale should at par with that at Irma.

Nitish Kumar stressed on requesting former President and Missile Man APJ Kalam to be president of the institute’s governing body. His name would draw young talent, he said.

Considering that the institute president would not have time to attend to day-to-day matters, it was decided to put in place a board of governors or an executive committee headed by a chairman for this purpose.

It was felt that a person with a Bihar background would be suited to guide the office bearers. Citing his long experience in development sector, particularly in Bihar, former chief secretary Anup Mukherjee — who served as an Indian Administrative Service officer for over three decades — was named as first chairman of the institute.

The meeting also decided that Irma faculty member K.V. Raju would be DMI’s first director.

Chief minister agreed to allot Rs 100 crore for setting up the institute. He said the scholarship fund should be separate. Conditional scholarship, fellowship, partial and full fee waivers and other assistance would be provided to deserving candidates.

The chief minister emphasised that elected members of panchayati raj institutions and officers of cooperative department, too, could be invited to help upgrade their skills now and then.

He was all for expediting the process of registering the institute and getting requisite approval from All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) as soon as possible. Professor C.V. Krishnamurthy, senior academic and former faculty, Irma, would provide support in the registration process.

Regarding admission, it was decided that applicants would be invited on the basis of latest Common Admission Test (CAT) scores. Further selection would involve screening based on group discussion, personal interview and psychometric test.


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