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IIM bosses to discuss OBC quota on Friday

india Updated: Apr 19, 2007 14:12 IST
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Directors of all six Indian Institutes Management (IIMs) are meeting on Friday in the wake of Supreme Court fixing April 23 as the next date of hearing on government application seeking vacation of its stay on implementation of 27 per cent OBC reservation in institutes of higher learning.

Refusing to divulge the venue of the meeting, sources in the IIMs said that a meeting would certainly take place to decide on the issue. One official of the Union HRD Ministry may also be present.

Asked whether the proposed meeting would decide on postponing its April 21 deadline for announcing the final list, they simply said the meeting could either decide or each IIM could independently do so.

Stalled once again by the apex court on the reservation plans, the government is of the view that IIMs should not go ahead with the admission process for the coming academic session as threatened by them from April 21.

Sources in the HRD Ministry said that the responsible people running the elite institutions would act in the national interest.

Under intense support from its allies particularly DMK and PMK for implementing the quota regime from this academic year, the ministry had earlier told all the IIMs, IITs and other Centrally-funded institutions to put on hold the admission process and not to issue offer of admission.

The directive from the ministry came after a meeting of leaders of UPA and Left parties which had resolved that the government would take all "appropriate" steps to ensure that the reservation for OBCs to the extent of 27 per cent becomes operational from this academic session.

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