Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday left for New Delhi to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. KCR is expected to get an appointment with Modi on Tuesday. The primary purpose of KCR’s Delhi tour is to get the PM’s approval for setting up an Indian Institute of Management (IIM), a premier management institution, in Hyderabad. The PM is expected to give formal approval for setting up IIM in Hyderabad during his meeting with the CM.
It may be recalled that the Telangana state government has been requesting the Centre to sanction an IIM for the past two years. During his previous meeting with Modi in October, KCR raised this issue and submitted a memorandum in this regard. The PM has referred the matter to the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development.
The proposal for setting up IIM was expedited after the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) referred the issue to the UMHRD in November last week. PMO had asked the ministry to decide on requests received from Telangana, including the KCR’s. A week was given to UMHRD to come to a decision. Following this, it is learnt that the UMHRD had prepared a proposal for setting up IIM in Hyderabad and a Cabinet note has been readied for approval.
KCR had recently dropped hints on getting Centre’s approval to IIM-Hyderabad. While addressing a press conference at Pragathi Bhavan on November 28, KCR said, “I will be visiting Delhi in the next four to five days. Most likely, I will meet the Prime Minister on December 3. We have information that the IIM file has been processed. I will do a follow up on that.”
The AP Reorganisation Act, 2014, also promises an IIT, NIT, IIM, IISER, Central University, Petroleum University, Agricultural University and IIIT for Andhra Pradesh. For Telangana, the Act vowed to set up a Tribal University and Horticulture University, but there was no mention about IIM. However, the TS government has been pitching the idea for the last two years.
Since 2014, the Centre has established seven new IIMs in Maharashtra, Punjab, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. IIMs are the top management institutions in the country, offering postgraduate, doctoral and executive education in management studies. There are 20 IIMs established across the country.