India Education
Decision on IIM general category admission soon
Apr 25, 2007 - 7:14:14 PM

New Delhi, April 25 - The Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs - will decide later Wednesday on allowing admission to the Indian Institutes of Management - before May 8 - when the Supreme Court will hear its plea to revive the quota law.

After meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh indicated that the six IIMs may be allowed to release the admission list for the general category aspirants first but the final decision in this regard would be taken by the CCPA later Wednesday evening.

The admission process at the prestigious business schools has been held up due to the March 29 Supreme Court stay on the government's law reserving 27 percent seats for Other Backward Classes - in all centrally funded institutes of higher learning. The apex court will hear the government's plea May 8.

Arjun Singh briefed the prime minister on the vexed issue of admissions to IIM.

'The prime minister was of the view that since the decision to put the admission on hold was taken collectively, the decision to allow admission should also be a collective one,' he told reporters.

'Since all top leaders of the United Progressive Alliance - are the members of the CCPA, so it will be a collective decision of the alliance,' Arjun Singh added.

The minister denied there were differences between his ministry and the law ministry over the issue of including the 'creamy layer' of OBCs in the quota. He said there was no pressure on him to hold any decision till May 8.

He, however, said: 'Now in a changed scenario, the question is whether we can grant permission for admission to the unreserved category like previous years, and take up the reserved category when the issue is resolved.'

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