IIT-Kharagpur ready with reservation plan
The introduction of quota would mean that the total intake of students in the institute would go up by 54 % in 2009, reports Mou Chakraborty.india Updated: Dec 16, 2006 03:04 IST
The Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur is ready with its reservation plan. It will ask the Ministry of Human Resource Development to allow it to implement the mandatory 27 per cent reservation for other backward classes (OBCs) over the next three years.
Here is how IIT-Kharagpur intends to roll out its quota plan: 9 per cent in 2007, 18 per cent in 2008 and 27 per cent in 2009.
The introduction of quota would mean that the total intake of students in the institute would go up by 54 per cent in 2009. The number of seats in the general category, however, will remain intact.
“We plan to spread the implementation of OBC quota over three years. We will meet a high-powered committee in the HRD Ministry on December 26 and discuss our plan,” said Professor
S. K. Dube, director, IIT-Kharagpur.
“The most important aspect of this plan is that the number of general category seats will remain intact. The plan has been prepared in such a way that the institute will not have to compromise on its quality,” said Professor Raja Kumar, who headed the five-member committee that came up with the quota plan.
With the total number of seats likely to go up by 54 per cent in 2009, seats reserved for Schedules Caste and Scheduled Tribe students will also go up, though the percentage (15 and 7.5 per cent) will remain the same.
The biggest hurdle for the institute would be getting an additional 500-800 faculty members to cater to the increased number of students. That is a challenge it has to brace itself for since IIT passouts usually opt for other lucrative jobs. The only possible way to lure faculty is for the ministry to revise salary packages.
IIT-Kharagpur also plans to increases the number of hostels for students and faculty. “We need to set up accommodation for 6,500 students. We are preparing the plan in such a way that the institute does not suffer from lack of infrastructure,” Kumar said.
The plan will cost the HRD ministry Rs 1,180 crore and the process of infrastructure development will go on till 2014.
Apart from IIT-Kharagpur, the six other IITs also plan to implement the quota over three years.
Delhi: Is almost ready with its plan. “We are in the process of giving final shape to our expansion plans. We will make a presentation to the HRD ministry very soon,” said IIT-Delhi director Prof Surendra Prasad.
Chennai: No decision has been taken on the matter yet
Guwahati: Will take a decision very soon on how best to
Kanpur: Sent its report to the HRD ministry in October
Roorkee: Faculty says it is applying its mind and doing the needful to implement the OBC reservations over the next three years in a phased manner
Mumbai: “We have not yet received a directive from the ministry,” said IIT-B director Ashok Misra. “We will then need more laboratories, more teachers, hostels, classrooms.”