The human resource development ministry (HRD) has said the elite Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) will have to provide reservation in teaching appointments.
According to sources, the ministry pointed out that reservation is provided in the Constitution and no one can bypass it.
“There are a few technical and research institutes that are exempted but IIMs are not. A number of them are already following the reservation policy in faculty,” said a source.
“There might be a few who are not implementing it completely but there is no complete defaulter. Many don’t get enough candidates”.
Sources further said that a number of IIMs face difficulty in getting quality faculty and are unable to fill the quota seats. The ministry said that it was a temporary arrangement if they are not able to follow reservation completely as they are unable to get candidates but are not exempted.
HT on September 15 had reported that IIMs will have to follow the reservation in teacher appointments, which has been a contentious issue. Sources said that many of the country’s 20 IIMs have resisted introducing reservation in appointment of faculty, citing quality concerns. The government in 2008 asked all centrally funded institutions, including Indian Institutes of Technology and IIMs, to set a quota for SC, ST and OBCs in teaching positions.
On September 20, HRD minister Prakash Javadekar held a meeting of chairmen and directors of IIMs at IIM-Shillong and discussed the issue, sources said.
There were protests against the move. Then HRD minister Arjun Singh had brought in a bill exempting India’s leading education institutes, including IITs and IIMs, from reservation. The Rajya Sabha passed the bill but not the Lok Sabha. The proposed law lapsed after the 14th Lok Sabha was dissolved.
IITs, despite strong reservations, toed the government line while recruiting assistant professors but IIMs remained defiant.
In 2013, higher education secretary Ashok Thakur asked IIMs to follow the reservation system after a parliamentary panel pointed out that the business schools were not following the quota system.
Javadekar’s predecessor Smriti Irani had in April again asked IIMs if they were following the reservation policy.