Parallel IIMs backed by RSS to Hindutava management studies may come up soon

New Delhi,Rohinee Singh: Come 2016 and India could get a new set of IIMs. Not the globally feted Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) but Institutes of Indian Management that will be backed by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and introduce courses such as temple management and river management.

RSS ideologue Dinanath Batra, who heads the Shiksha Bachao Andolan Samiti and was instrumental in getting Penguin to pulp Wendy Donniger’s book on Hinduism, is heading the core group that is hoping to ‘Indianise’ existing management curriculum, it is learnt.

The core group, which has already held two meetings, is drafting the syllabus for the new Indian management institutes that will incorporate Indian ethics and moral values as a part of management curriculum and also include the management of historical and archaeological sites and environmental management, an official said.

The committee includes members of Vidya Bharati and Shiksha Sanskrit Utthan Nyas, both affiliated to the RSS, Vice Chancellor of Himachal Pradesh’s Maharaja Agrasen University SP Bansal and Vice Chancellor of Bhopal’s Atal Bihari Vajpayee Hindi Vishwavidyalaya Mohanlal Shipa. It also has academicians from the field of management and some senior bureaucrats.

The committee is likely to prepare its draft by the end of November, after which it will be formally submitted it to the human resource development (HRD) ministry. To ensure that these centres are at par with the existing IIMs, Indian management institutes will be created by an act of parliament. The ministry, an official disclosed, will come up with the bill next year. To begin with, the Institutes of Indian Management will have two campuses and will aim at providing hundred percent placements to its students.

As the new institutes will be autonomous, the HRD ministry cannot interfere in their workings or curriculum, an official told dna. Introducing new courses or making any changes will be entirely at their discretion.

Setting up parallel management institutes serves the purpose of both the government as well as sangh ideologues.

“The management curriculum should be designed in a way that it first caters to the domestic issues and local needs. Unfortunately, our current systems have failed to do so and lacks the vision,” said Atul Kothari, a member of the core committee and head of Shiksha Sanskrit Utthan Nyas.

“The idea is to create a fleet of experts who have an understanding of Indian history, Hindu, Islamic and Christian literature and archaeology and possess specific skillsets to cater to these Indian challenges,” added another member of the committee who did not want to be quoted.

The idea of having a temple management course had been mooted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2012, when he was chief minister of Gujarat.