Admission process across all IIMs is likely to be delayed by another week as the premier management institutes have only just initiated the exercise to sift creamy layer among OBCs in line with the HRD ministry’s directive. The IIM (Lucknow) director, Prof Devi Singh told the Hindustan Times : “Either towards the month end or by first week of May we plan to declare our admission results.”
Either the IIM directors or the CAT group is expected to meet on April 29 to work out the details. While the final date will be fixed then, the final admission list is likely to be released by first week of May.
Prof Singh said, “If the IIM-L directors are unable to meet physically, then may be we would confer with each other through tele-conferencing.” He ruled out the possibility of the academic session getting derailed because of the delay. IIM sources said since the creamy layer issue is yet to be sorted out, it is still not sure whether IIMs will also be releasing the list of OBC candidates on that day, though everyone is attempting to release both the admission lists simultaneously.
IIM directors, as well as admissions chairman of premier management institutes were busy holding discussions on how to sort out the ‘creamy layer issue’. Prof Saji Nair, chairman admissions said, “The problem is that we do not have the data to classify which OBC candidates were not eligible for enjoying reservation benefits. So we now decided to ask 49 short-listed OBC candidates to give details of their status in keeping with the SC directive.”
The IIM (Ahmedabad) and IIM (Bangalore) too have asked OBC candidates to send within two weeks official certificates from the competent authority whether they belonged to non-creamy OBC category.