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IIMs wait for government word on quota stay
Mar 29, 2007 - 7:52:47 PM
The IIMs had decided to increase the seats by 54 percent to provide 27 percent quota for OBCs without affecting the share of the general category students.

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[RxPG] New Delhi/Ahmedabad, March 29 - The Indian Institutes of Management - said Thursday they would await a formal government communication on implementing the reservation policy in the upcoming academic session in the wake of the Supreme Court staying it.

The Supreme Court stayed till August the 27 percent reservation for students from Other Backward Classes - in central higher educational institutes like the IIMs and the Indian Institutes of Technology -.

'We have not gone through the court order yet. We are waiting for the central government's order over it and will act accordingly,' IIM Ahmedabad director Bakul Dholakia said.

'As per the government directive, we were planning for a three-phased implementation of the quota policy. If the government tells us to wait this year, we will obey it,' he told reporters in Ahmedabad.

The Common Admission Test - group, comprising representatives of all six IIMs, will meet and take a view in this regard, Dholakia said.

Dholakia, however, maintained that The admission process was on and would continue.

The six IIMs - at Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Bangalore, Lucknow, Indore and Kozhikode - have already started the procedure for implementing the quota policy and IIM Ahmedabad has sent out letters to students selected for the interview.

'This year we were planning to add only 15 new seats as part of our three-phased quota implementation decision. With such an interim order from the apex court, we will wait for a formal communication from the human resource development - ministry,' IIM Indore director S.P. Parashar told IANS over telephone.

'With this fresh development, we think the 15 new seats - may not see light this year. But a final decision would be taken after receiving the government order,' Parashar said, adding that they had decided to add 97 new seats over the next three years.

The chairman of the IIM Kolkata's admission cell, Asish Bhattacharya said: 'The admission process is not complete and we are yet to send admission letters to the OBC students. Anyway, we will wait for a formal letter from the HRD ministry.

'Our current strength is 300 and we were planning to add 18 seats - in the first year of the new reservation policy. For the next year we had decided to add 90 more seats -, and in the third year 54 seats -.

'We have infrastructure to take 18 new faces this year but need to improve infrastructure to take 90 students and 54 students in the coming two years,' he told IANS.

The IIMs had decided to increase the seats by 54 percent to provide 27 percent quota for OBCs without affecting the share of the general category students.

IIM-Kozhikode director Krishna Kumar said: 'We don't have any formal reaction now. We will wait and watch till the HRD ministry gives us a fresh direction.'

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