The IITs are opposed to reservation in the recruitment of faculty members and sought to be exempted as they were institutes of national importance.
IIT-Guwahati director Prof Gautam Barua told reporters in Guwahati on Tuesday that the IITs for the last 36 years had no reservation in recruitment of faculty members.
However, recently officials from the Centre had informed the IITs that reservation for teacher recruitment would have to be implemented as they were not included in the 1972 government order exempting reservation for scientists and researchers in nationally important institutions of the Department of Space, Atomic Energy and Defence, Barua said.
The Indian Institutes of Technology were de facto also included in the list of exempted institutes, he said.
Besides verbally opposing the reservation move, he said, the directors of all the IITs recently at a meeting decided to write to the government and Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to include them in the 1972 order.