What interest one may have in sabbatical leaves availed by certain professors? Xavier explained, "Most of the professors who take sabbatical leave tend to go to other IIMs whether it is in Bangalore, Lucknow or Kolkata, or other business schools, without informing the authorities, as they get better salaries.”
“Other applications have questions related to the process of students’ admission for various courses. Generally, students who do not get admissions in the institution file such applications," he added.
Prof Rajanish Dass, who was earlier accused of plagiarism and quit the institute, said, “These applications are filed by employees probably because of discontent regarding the procedure followed at the time appointing those in crucial positions, such as the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), the senior-most officer of the institute."
He further said, “There is a recruitment process in place, a well-defined one even for the junior-level officers. The appointments procedure is conducted after giving advertisements in national newspapers, inviting applications. Moreover, announcements for vacant posts were also done within the institute.”
The institute has also seen increasing number of applications related to the Common Admission Test (CAT) centres or results. Recently, Asim Mehta, student at the Endeavor Institute, had filed an RTI at IIM-A, seeking information on facilities at the test centres and the expenditure incurred on conducting the test. He questioned the rationale behind conducting the test online when the centres are far away from the city. Mehta said, “I am quite surprised at the selection of test centres. The authorities do not seem to have taken into consideration the conveyance facilities.”