Professor Errol D’souza has been appointed as the new IIM-A director. Brushing aside any controversy regarding the appointment of the new Director of Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, two days before the IIM Bill comes into effect, the HRD Ministry called it a “routine appointment”.The appointment of Professor D’Souza as the Director on Tuesday gained significance in light of the IIM Bill coming into effect just two days after the appointment. The IIM Bill gives freedom to institutes to appoint Directors on their own, without any government control. Prior to accepting this position, D’Souza served as a Professor of Economics and the Dean of Faculty at the Institute.”The names were already given by the institute and the selection was made on the basis of those names only. It is just a routine appointment, there is nothing controversial about it,” said a senior official in HRD Ministry.Chairman of the IIM-A Board, Kumar Mangalam Birla also sent out a letter on Wednesday, announcing the appointment of D’Souza. In his letter, he thanked his colleagues who participated in the selection process. “Prof. D’Souza brings experience and a track record which will be invaluable in meeting the Institute’s goals and objectives. I would like to thank my colleagues who participated in the selection process. Their efforts are deeply appreciated,” Birla wrote in his letter.Former Director of IIM-A Ashish Nanda resigned as a Director in the month of April last year, citing personal reasons. The institute did not have a full-time Director since then.RACE TO THE TOPThe IIM Bill will come into effect two days after the appointment The Bill gives freedom to institutes to appoint Directors on their own The names were given by the institute
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