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IIML to add 147 seats for OBC reservation

The Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow will add 147 seats over the next three years.

india Updated: Feb 07, 2007 16:33 IST

The Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (IIML) will add 147 seats over the next three years, with the additional infrastructure expected to cost around Rs 43 crore, to implement reservation for OBCs.

Increasing the number of seats in a phase-wise manner, the institute will add 45 seats in 2007-08, followed by 55 seats in 2008-09 and 47 seats the next year, IIML Director Dr Devi Singh said on Wednesday on the sidelines of the inauguration of IIML's Noida campus.

He said the additional infrastructure needed to implement the reservation would cost around Rs 43 crore. "We are spending the money for enhancing facilities such as classrooms, auditorium and hostels. We have already started work on building a hostel in our campus in Lucknow," he said.

Presently, IIML has about 300 seats. "We have a teacher student ratio of 1:10. In order to ensure quality, we do not want to bring down this ratio. We presently have 60 faculty members," he said.

IIML has proposed to the government to grant another 60 teachers in view of the increase in the number of students.

"But the government has agreed to grant only 20 more teachers. This will be insufficient," he said.