Establishment of seven New Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs)

Cabinet Decision The Union Cabinet today approved the proposal for setting up of seven new Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) in Tami Nadu, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan. Background: The XI Five Year Plan endorsed by the National Development Council (NDC) in December 2007, envisaged, inter-alia, establishment of seven new IIMs in the country, out of which one IIM namely Rajiv Gandhi Indian Institute of Management (RGIIM), Shillong has already been established in Shillong (Meghalaya) commencing its first academic session from 2008-2009 and the remaining six IIMs will be set up in the Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand, Chhattishgarh, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir and Uttarakhand. In addition, an IIM is also to be set up in the State of Rajasthan in view of the Finance Minister’s Budget announcement on 25.2.2009. In the first phase, four IIMs at Tiruchirappalli (Tamil Nadu), Ranchi (Jharkhand), Raipur (Chhattishargh) and Rohtak (Haryana) will be set up in 2009-10, which would become functional from academic session 2010-11. Postgraduate Programme (PGP) in Management would be the flagship programme though in the first year several executive programmes including those in the public policy domain focusing on civic and municipal services etc. would be started. In the second phase, the rest of 3 IIMs will be set up in Jammu & Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan in 2010-11. In phase-I there would be intake of 140 students in the PGP course & by the end of phase-II, it would reach 560 students per year. Admission shall be through the Common Admission Test (CAT). The Institutes would also contribute to generation of a highly competent and trained manpower which would be a major catalyst for developing a knowledge society that would inevitably impact on the economic growth of the country. Apart from this, research in management and emerging areas would evolve a potential for generating significant intellectual properties that would generate sizeable revenue. The Cabinet has also approved an outlay of Rs.451 crores (Rs.333.00 crores for non-recurring expenditure and Rs.118 crores for recurring expenditure) in the XI FYP and XII FYP for each IIM. The projected outlay for XI Five Year Plan for each of the 4 IIMs to be established during 2009-10 is Rs.166 crore (Rs.135 crore for non-recurring expenditure and Rs.31 crore for recurring expenditure). For the remaining three IIMs to be set up during 2010-11, the requirement for XI Plan would be Rs.131 crores each (Rs.107 crores non-recurring and Rs. 24 crores recurring expenditure). The total requirement of funds for establishment of seven new IIMs during XI Plan works out to Rs.1057 crores. Post graduate Programme in Management would be the flagship programme. It is proposed that in phase-I there would be an intake of 140 students in the PGP course and by the end of Phase-II, it would reach 560 students per year. These trained personnel will join the skilled manpower pool of the country each year. Locations of IIMs in Jammu & Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan are yet to be decided. source:PIB

DoPT launches On-line course on RTI as a pilot project

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Government of India has launched on Online Certificate Course on RTI on a pilot project basis. The 15-day course will be taken by various stakeholders on, both, the demand and supply sides of the RTI implementation regime. The first Pilot Batch course would begin on the 7th of next month. This Course on RTI will be in association with the Centre for Good Governance, Hyderabad. The Online Certificate Course is aimed at: * Public Information Officers (PIOs) * Assistant Public Information Officers (APIOs) * Appellate Authorities * Officials assisting the above designated officers or other public officials * Citizens * Representative of Civil Society Organisations (including Media Organisations) * Any other person(s) who could be a direct/indirect stakeholder The objectives of the Course are: * Reaching out to those who have not had an opportunity to participate in any training/sensitization initiatives on RTI Act, 2005 * Bringing greater clarity on RTI among designated implementing officials like APIOs/ PIOs/ FAOs * appreciation for RTI Act, 2005 and its mandate among the officials designated under it and also among the citizens * Facilitating timely delivery of information by PIOs>> Having better informed citizens, civil society and other stakeholders The outcomes expected from this initiative are: * A sound knowledge of the provisions of the RTI Act, 2005 among the people taking this course * Good understanding of the roles and responsibilities of organizations/ persons concerned with implementing the law and with enforcing the rights under this law * Proper appreciation of rights/obligations ¡V as applicable ¡V for effective use of RTI * Reliable guidance on following the right process/procedure to implement the provisions of this Act and to benefit from this Act. * Good understanding of remedies available when an implementing organization fails to comply with this Act.

PURCHASE OF MEDICINES WOULD BE CENTRALISED-GOVERNMENT

The government plans to centralise the purchase of medicines for its dispensaries and healthcare centres across the country, a health ministry official said. The step is being taken after social activists have alleged that a decentralise procurement system is breeding corruption, the official, who did not want to be named, said. According to the plan, the central agency will be called Medical Services Corp and will procure drugs and other medical equipment. It will also decentralise medicines for state governments. Currently, the Centre as well as state governments float tenders to procure medicines and medical equipment. The central government buys drugs worth over Rs 2,000 crore every year whereas states spend about Rs 1,500 crore. The central agency will also procure medicines for National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), the official said. “This will not only make the drug procurement process more transparent but also help in negotiating a better price for medicines,” she said. A note on this has already been sent to various government departments for their views. After incorporating their views, a final draft of the proposal will be tabled before the Cabinet by the end of September. The micro small and medium enterprises (MSME) ministry, meanwhile, has proposed that the government must procure 20% from these enterprises. While the procurement and tender norms vary in each department and state, small scale industry complains that the norms related to turnovers do not suit them. With the central agency in place, there will be a uniform set of procurement norms in place, the health ministry official said.
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