The Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) may have to introduce quotas for hiring faculty.
The human resource development (HRD) ministry has retained an enabling provision in the proposed IIM bill that can be invoked to ensure the premier business schools adhere to the Centre’s reservation policy for the faculty.
The bill—that would empower the institutes to grant degrees, and not diplomas — is expected to come up for a decision of the cabinet soon, a government source said.
The cabinet had discussed the bill at a meeting in May and told the HRD ministry to make changes to ensure the autonomy of the institutes was not diluted.
A government official said it had also been decided to give IIM alumni a say in running the institutes by mandating that five of the 14 members of the IIM board of governors would be alumni.
In its final form, the draft bill requires the institutes to make special provisions for the social and educationally backward classes in employment.
The official said the provision can be used to issue executive instructions for quotas when the ground rules for recruitment of faculty are notified.
The constitution empowers the government to set aside quotas for the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes for social empowerment of the historically-marginalised communities.
The IIMs adopt the reservation policy for admission of students but have resisted attempts for quotas while recruiting the faculty.
In 2008, the then HRD minister Arjun Singh had ordered all centrally-funded institutions — including IITs and IIMs — to implement faculty quotas. The move, however, had triggered protests.
The IITs eventually toed the government line but the IIMs were defiant. Sources said most IIMs don’t follow quota for faculty.
Unlike other educational institutions under the ministry, the IIMs cite a 1975 government order that exempts scientific and technical posts from reservation.
It implicitly treats management as a subject under the category of science and technology.