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IIM directors to discuss reservation issue

Union Human Resource Minister has announced a plan to implement 27 per cent reservation in central institutions after the assembly elections

india Updated: Apr 10, 2006 21:52 IST

The issue of proposed reservation for OBCs in premier central institutes IITs and IIMs is likely to be discussed on Monday at a meeting of directors of all six Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), sources in IIM (Ahmedabad) said.

IIMA director Bakul Dholakia said that the media would be informed when the reservation matter comes up for discussion in Monday's meeting.

He said the date of meeting of IIM directors was decided in January 2006 and the meeting was not fixed after the reservation issue cropped up. He refused the divulge the agenda of the meeting.

Union Human Resource Minister Arjun Singh has announced a plan to implement 27 per cent reservation in central institutions after the assembly elections in five states.

The proposed move of the HRD Ministry to hike the quota for OBCs in premier institutions like IITs and IIMs has drawn flak from faculty members of IIM(A) who felt such reservations would "adversely affect the qualilty" of the institutes.

"If students do not enter IIMs and IITs through proper channels and lack calibre, then the quality of students in these institutes is bound to deteriorate", an IIM-A faculty member told PTI on condition of anonymity.

"The students from the backward class should be given free education, proper infrastructure and should be taken care of by the government when they are young," he said adding, "but these underprivileged students, while trying to get admissions into premier institutions in India, should come through the proper channel".

Speaking on reservation issue, a faculty member had remarked last week that the students, who pass out from institutions like IIMs and the IITs represent India in different reputed organistions around the world. They are the face of India and their quality should not be compromised upon.

"The proposed 49.5 per cent reservation in the IITs and IIMs will be a disaster, because reservation at a late stage (in a student's life) is ineffective and inappropriate as these institutions cannot correct years of neglect and irreparable damage that has been done to the student" Professor P V Indiresan, a former director of IIT-Madras, had said while delivering a keynote address at a seminar at IIMA.