Of Committee-led Governance and the first Postgraduate Programme (PGP) Committee
"A key principle that the institute's leadership adopted to develop such a culture of self-regulation was that faculty should learn to balance the autonomy and freedom they were granted with a certain accountability for desired outcomes."
One feature that marked the development of IIMA in the early decades was the attention to developing processes that promoted self-regulation, not through the imposition of formal rules, but through the evolution of norms and conventions of behaviour. A key principle that the institute's leadership adopted to develop such a culture of self-regulation was that faculty should learn to balance the autonomy and freedom they were granted with a certain accountability for desired outcomes. The demand made on them was, therefore, the development of a sense of internal discipline that could guide individual and collective action. This, in essence, was the meaning that the initial leaders like Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, Professor Ravi Matthai and others who followed them, attributed to 'faculty governance', something that many consider to be at the base of IIMA's development.
The first batch (and the batches that followed up to the 1975 convocation) graduated with a diploma in 'Business Administration'. The title awarded became 'Postgraduate Diploma in Management' only at the 1976 convocation, when the institute had to accommodate graduates specializing in agriculture in its postgraduate programme. The diploma survived until 2018, after which the batch graduating in 2019 received an MBA degree--IIMA started granting degrees that year under the IIM Act 2017.
The PGP Committee's role today is played by the Academic Council, the faculty body set up under the provisions of the IIM Act, 2017. The responsibility for devising and modifying all policies related to academic planning and implementation rests with the Academic Council. In practice, the executive committee to which a number of powers used to be delegated by the PGP Committee in former times, has come to be perceived as more directly connected with all academic matters related to the programme. The executive committee is headed by a Chairperson. Apart from dealing with the design and delivery of the programme and recommending changes to the Academic Council, the executive committee also deals with student exchange programme and dual-degree programmes, recommends the programme fees to the Director, prepares the programme budget and forwards it to the director, sorts out matters of academic indiscipline. The Chairperson of PGP also chairs the Courses Committee, which deals with the review and approval of courses that go into the PGP. The Admissions Committee proposes the eligibility criteria for the PGP to the PGP Executive Committee for approval, but otherwise functions independently, as before on all matters related to admission. The Placement Committee functions independently, carrying out the mandate given to it by the Academic Council. The way 'faculty governance' is understood may have changed over the years, but the 'committee approach', with members of the committees developing an internal discipline that guides individual and collective decision making, and helps nurture a culture of self-regulation, continues to this day.
(1) For further details, see Matthai, R. J. (1993). The underlying basis of IIMA organisation. In Institution building: The IIMA experience (Vol. 1. The early years). Ahmedabad: Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad.
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