The government on Monday instructed all educational institutions to remove hindrances to ensure free mobility of students even as it started consultations with legal experts on future course of action to ensure implementation of 27 per cent OBC quota from the academic year 2007-08.
The Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) has earlier pointed out that delay in admissions can result in students with good score in CAT not getting admission in IIMs. Their fear was that many prospective candidates will take admissions in private B-schools, which charge high fee and also retain the original certificates, thus preventing them to migrate to IIMs later.
Following the March 29 Supreme Court order staying implementation of OBC quota, many educational institutions had “unrealistically” advanced the dates for joining the courses to restrict students from exercising options of joining other institutions at a later stage.
In wake of the fear expressed by IIMs, the University Grants Commission (UGC) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) issued circulars on Monday instructing the institutions to deduct only Rs 1,000 fee as processing fee of students opting out of any course. The remaining fee will have to be returned. The seats felt vacant due to migration will have to be filled by the candidates enlisted in the waiting list.
The government also instructed the institutions, including universities and deemed universities, not to deposit the original certificates of a student, thereby providing a chance to the student to apply for admission in other premier institutes like IIMs once the issue of OBC quota is settled. The government felt that institutions were trying to prevent students from seeking other options by retaining their original certificates.
The government has threatened punitive action including withdrawal of approval and recognition against the erring institutes.
The HRD ministry is also expected to issue new instructions to IIMs on admissions after its review petition was rejected by the Supreme Court. “Fresh instructions will be issued soon,” a top HRD ministry official said, while refusing to divulge any time frame. One options being looked into is seeking a review of the two bench order by a higher bench, officials said.
The ministry is also exploring other legal options available even as officials admitted that the court’s order was a “setback” to implement of OBC reservation. On March 29, the Supreme Court had stayed implementation of OBC quota in Central higher education institutions.