A group of senior professors from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A), headed by director Bakul H. Dholakia, Friday met reservation committee chief M. Veerappa Moily here and expressed inability to implement a new quota system in its entirety from next year.
"It was a courtesy meeting with the committee. We have informed them that we can only add 34 seats in the next academic session (2007-08), which comes to only 12 percent of the required hike in seats to accommodate the 27 percent reservation," Dholakia told IANS.
To offer 27 percent seats to candidates from the other backward classes (OBCs) as decided by the government, the premier business school will have to increase its student intake by 54 percent and that can only be implemented in four years, the IIM-A director said.
"The remaining hike in seats will be implemented over the next three years depending on the government's support and infrastructural development at the institute," Dholakia added.
The educationist, however, declined to comment on the government's reservation policy. "I have no comment on the issue."
The central government this year decided to reserve 27 percent of seats in all institutes of higher education, including the IIMs and Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and wants to implement the new quota regime in its entirety from the next academic session of 2007-08.
The decision had evoked protests from a section of students. In May, the government had set up the 13-member Oversight Committee under the leadership of former Karnataka chief minister and senior Congress leader Veerappa Moily to examine ways to implement the OBC quota.