Even as HRD Minister Arjun Singh announced that 27 per cent OBC quota was irrevocable, the Indian Institutes of Management on Friday initiated the process for admitting successful candidates following the ministry's directive to allow admissions on the last year's format. In all, 1350 students would be admitted in IIMs on basis of their Combined Aptitude Test (CAT) results.
HRD ministry, in the directive to 64 centrally funded educational institutes, said in light of the hearing slated for May 8, the offer of admissions for the ensuing academic session shall, until further communication, be limited to the approved intake that existed during academic session 2006-07 as per the policy of reservation prevailing for that session. The ministry issued the direction after it was given a go ahead by UPA-Left parties coordination committee.
Hours after receiving the communication, IIM Lucknow became first IIM to announce the list of successful candidates. "We have posted the list of candidates to be admitted on the institute's website and have also informed the students through email," said Director of the IIM, Devi Singh.
IIM Ahemdabad which was first to raise the voice against HRD ministry's directive to put admissions on hold put up an announcement about the admissions on its website. Its director Bakul Dholakia told HT that they have just received the communication and the broad announcement would be available on the website by Friday night.
The students will, however, be required to individually check whether they have got admission in IIM A by entering their CAT reference number. "The link for the students to check whether they have got admission will be available on the website by evening," Dholakia said.
But, IIM Kolkatta is expected to take a day to notify the successful candidates. "We have got the communication from the ministry and are looking into it. Within a day the students will be informed," he said. HRD ministry officials expected that by Monday all IIMs would finalise the admission process.
When asked about the suggestion of Left Parties that the government should introduce a tougher law on reservations in Parliament, Singh said the government have several options available but would wait for court's hearing on May 8. "We shall explore every Constitutional and legal procedure to ensure reservation in admissions," Singh told reporters on Friday morning.