As the government tinkers over the next step for educational institutions, the IIM Ahmedabad is expected to go ahead with admissions without reserving seats for OBC quota in the academic year 2007-08.
An indication in this regard was clear from what IIM-A Director Bakul Dholakia when reporters asked him about the admissions after the Supreme Court’s verdict. “That question can be answered by the order of the Supreme Court,” was his reply to a pointed question on OBCs not getting reservation benefit in the admissions.
IIM-A is, however, not expected to take a decision unilaterally. Dholakia said that soon IIM Directors would meet to discuss the issue and will wait for an instruction from the HRD ministry. Other IIM Directors refused to comment saying let the HRD ministry decide on admissions in B-schools first.
The ministry would soon give a fresh set of instructions on IIMs in wake of the court’s order on Monday. “IIMs will get requisite instructions from the government. Before that, we want to discuss the legal options available now available with the government,” a senior ministry official said. The government is expected to firm its next line of action by end of this week.
Dholaklia expects the government to decide soon the issue. “We understand that the Court has clearly said that 27 per cent reservation for OBC could not be applicable for the year 2007-08. Should that be the case, we would expect the Government to consider this aspect and take a decision pretty soon,” he said.
On the other hand, students in IIT Kanpur welcomed the court’s order and urged the Central government to withdraw the legislation implementing 27 per cent OBC quota. Praising the apex court's decision, state representative of the anti-quota Youth For Equality (YFE) forum Chandarshekhar said, “It is a victory for all those who want admissions to be based on merit”.