The Supreme Court verdict allowing 27 per cent reservation for OBCs in central institutes of higher education has made the IIMs defer their admission announcement by at least a week. The B-schools were supposed to release their final list on Friday.
The announcement came minutes after the HRD Ministry sought to know how many OBC students they can admit from the next academic year. The IIMs have to inform the ministry within a week.
"We were to release the final list of candidates tomorrow. But after the Supreme Court's order, all the IIMs will have consultation and might defer the release of list by a week," said S.K. Barua, IIM-A director.
The directors of all six IIMs are likely to meet shortly for a meeting to sort out the modalities for admissions taking into consideration the increased number of seats due to the apex court judgment, said an IIM-A spokesperson.
Barua told mediapersons that the delay in the admission process would not affect the scheduled start of the academic year in June-July.
IIM-Calcutta director Shekhar Chaudhuri said: "Awaiting official notification of the Human Resources Development Ministry, we have decided to defer the release of the list." Once such a notification is received, "we will decide on the operational details as to how to select OBC candidates".
IIM-Lucknow will implement the quota in three years, institute director Devi Singh said on Thursday. "We will wait for the government direction and implement the 27 per cent reservation in three years," Devi Singh said at the IIM-L campus in Noida.
J.J. Irani, chairperson of the board of management, IIM-L, said: “The Supreme Court has given the decision to implement 27 per cent quota for OBC. Then we cannot change it; we have to accept it…But the court also must define the creamy layer in the underprivileged section.”
Pankaj Chandra, director of IIM-B said his institute would delay release of the admission list but classes would start as scheduled in June.
"We will be happy to implement reservations because we had made provisions for the first phase (7 per cent or 19 seats), but we have to find these students (from among those who qualified for admissions). The next phase of 17 per cent and 27 per cent will obviously require additional resources for infrastructure and faculty and therefore that issue must be addressed by the government," he said.