B-schools to meet soon on quota issue

Ahmedabad, Mar 29 | Updated: Mar 30 2007, 05:30am hrs
Reacting to Supreme Courts decision to stay central law providing for 27% reservation to Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in elite education institutes such as IIMs and IITs, Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabads (IIM-A) Director Bakul Dholakia on Thursday said he had not heard from the ministry formally and the issue would be discussed by the CAT Group.

However, he made it clear that the institute would adhere to the deadline of April 12 set for completion of admission process for the current year.

He did not mention it clearly whether the admission process would be completed taking additional 6% quota, which IIM-A has increased in the first phase of expansion of seats, into account or not. He only said that the issue would be discussed by CAT Group.

Speaking to media persons, Dholakia said, We have learnt that Supreme Court has stayed the law providing for OBC quota but we have not formally heard from Ministry (of Human Resource Development). We even not have applied our mind to the issue and we are awaiting communication from the ministry.

He did not also make it clear as to weather the admission process would be completed by taking additional quota into account or not.

The issue would be discussed by the CAT Group, which has Directors of all the IIMs as member. Moreover, he also indicated that this issue might figure at Board Meeting of IIM-A on March 31, 2007.

He also informed that the HRD Ministry had directed us to implement 27% reservation in three phases and we had informed the ministry that we would implement 6% quota in first phase by increasing our capacity by 12%.

With this 6% increase total seats for two year PGP works out to be around 280, while without it the figure is 250. This year IIM-A has interviewed 54 to 55 OBC students, which also include 17 students or 6 per cent of increased quota students, he said.