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29 Jan 2019

Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty, Chairman, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore

India: IIM Bangalore's response

 28 January 2019 

Subject: Civil Society requests for reversal of censure

Dear HRBN,

Greetings from IIM Bangalore!

I thank you for your email dated January 11, 2019 addressed to me through the Secretary, Board of Governors, IIMB.

While I appreciate your concern for “environmental justice” and a commitment to transforming students into critical citizens and empathetic human beings, please do recognize that each institution could approach it in the manner that best fits their vision, mission and values.

Let me assure that we have in no way come under the pressure of any corporate in this matter.

The censure was not a consequence of just the matter that you refer to, but a series of issues over a long period of time with the said faculty member.  On multiple grounds, an internal process was undertaken. After following due processes, the Competent Authority has decided to stay with the censure. Amongst various concerns, we would like to ensure that our students are not affected, and our institutional values including academic freedom with responsibility are preserved.

We would be happy to respond to any further concerns, preferably through a meeting. Our Director would be happy to represent.

With warm regards,

Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty


Board of Governors, IIM Bangalore


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