Section 29 in The Indian Institute of Management Act 2017

Title: Establishment of Coordination Forum

Description: (1) With effect from such date as the Central Government may, by notification, specify in this behalf, there shall be established a Coordination Forum for all the Institutes. (2) The Coordination Forum shall consist of the following members, namely:— (a) an eminent person to be selected by a Search-cum-Selection Committee as may be constituted by the Coordination Forum, as chairperson: Provided that the Coordination Forum may select one of its members to act as the chairperson till the chairperson is appointed; (b) the Secretary to the Government of India, in charge of the Ministry or Department of the Central Government having administrative control of management education, member—ex officio; (c) two Secretaries in charge of management education of State Governments in which the Institutes are located, by rotation, each year, member—ex officio; (d) four Chairpersons of Institutes, to be nominated by the Chairperson of the Coordination Forum, by rotation for two years; (e) the Director of each Institute, member—ex officio; (f) five persons of eminence, of which at least one shall be a woman, in academia or public service, to be selected by a sub-committee constituted by the Coordination Forum. (3) The term of office of a member referred to in clause (f) of sub-section (2) shall be three years from the date of his nomination. (4) The non-official members of the Coordination Forum shall be entitled to such travelling and other allowances, as may be prescribed. (5) The Director of the host Institute where the meeting of the Coordination Forum takes place shall be the Member Secretary of the Coordination Forum and shall continue to be the Member-Secretary till a new host Institute is selected.

Title: Functions of Coordination Forum

Description: (1) The Coordination Forum shall facilitate the sharing of experiences, ideas and concerns with a view to enhancing the performance of all Institutes. (2) Without prejudice to the provisions of sub-section (1), the Coordination Forum shall perform the following functions, namely:— (a) recommend to the Central Government, the institution of scholarships including for research and for the benefit of students belonging to the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes and other socially and educationally backward classes of citizens; (b) deliberate on such matters of common interest to Institutes as may be referred to it by any Institute; (c) promote necessary coordination and co-operation in the working of the Institutes; (d) review the achievement of policy objectives; and (e) perform such other functions as may be referred to it by the Central Government. (3) The Coordination Forum may constitute such committees as it may consider necessary for carrying out its functions under this section. (4) The Chairperson of the Coordination Forum shall ordinarily preside at the meetings of the Coordination Forum and in his absence, any other member chosen by the members present amongst themselves at the meeting, shall preside at the meeting. (5) The Coordination Forum shall submit a report on its functions under sub-section (2) to the Central Government. (6) The Coordination Forum shall meet at least once in a calendar year. (7) At each meeting of the Coordination Forum, the host institute, which would host the next meeting, shall be selected: Provided that no Institute shall host the meeting for more than two consecutive years.

Title: Acts and proceedings not to be invalidated by vacancies etc

Description: No act of any Institute or the Board or the Academic Council or any other body set-up under this Act or the regulations, shall be invalid merely by reason of— (a) any vacancy or defect in the constitution thereof; or (b) any irregularity in its procedure not affecting the merits of the case; or (c) any defect in the selection, nomination or appointment of a person acting as a member thereof.

Title: Return and information to be provided to Central Government

Description: Every Institute shall furnish to the Central Government such returns or other information with respect to its policies or activities as the Central Government may, for the purpose of reporting to the Parliament or for the making of policy, from time to time, require.

Title: Institute to be public authority under Right to Information Act

Description: (1) The provisions of the Right to Information Act, 2005 (22 of 2005) shall apply to each Institute, including Institutes established in publicprivate partnership, as if it were a public authority established by notification issued or order made under clause (h) of section 2 of the Right to Information Act, 2005. (2) A copy of every notification proposed to be issued or order to be made under the Act referred to in sub-section (1), shall be laid in draft before each House of Parliament, while it is in session, for a total period of thirty days which may be comprised in one session or in two or more successive sessions, and if, before the expiry of the session immediately following the session or the successive sessions aforesaid, both Houses agree in disapproving the issue of the notification or order or both Houses agree in making any modification in the notification or order, the notification or order shall not be issued or made, as the case may be, shall be issued or made only in such modified form as may be agreed upon by both the Houses.