Devi Singh takes charge as IIM-Lucknow director for second time

March 9th, 2009 - 10:13 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, March 9 (IANS) Ending six months’ uncertainty, Devi Singh Monday resumed charge as the director of the Indian Institute of Management-Lucknow (IIM-L) for the second consecutive time.
The IIM-L did not have a full-time director since Singh’s first term came to an end Aug 24, 2008 due to disagreements between the IIM-L board of governors and the human resource development ministry over giving him a second term.

The board preferred Singh to continue.

Sources said a large number of faculty members are unhappy with Singh’s coming back to the helm of the institute.

Around 30 faculty members left the institute during Singh’s tenure.

However, his supporters said it was during his tenure that the Noida campus of the IIM-Lucknow was developed as a centre for advanced learning for middle and senior level executives. Also, students’ intake in the post-graduate programme was increased from 240 in 2004 to 330 in 2008.

The institute’s revenues went up more than three times to Rs.100 million (Rs.10 crore) during his tenure.

In a statement, Singh said he would like to see the institution spread its wings not only in the country but globally during his second tenure.

“In addition, my focus will be on increasing faulty strength, looking closely at infrastructure development, and consolidating our existing programmes both at Lucknow and Noida campus,” he added.

Before joining IIM-Lucknow, Singh was the director of Management Development Institute (MDI) in Gurgaon.

He was also a visiting professor at the Faculty of Management at McGill University, Canada for five years and is an alumnus fellow of the Institute of World Affairs, Connecticut.

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