New Delhi: The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), India’s best-known business schools, have announced that they will declare their admissions list on 21 April, disregarding a government directive issued last week to withhold the same. The results were to be announced on 12 April, but the government asked the IIMs to hold back the announcement after the Supreme Court stayed a government order mandating 27% reservation for other backward castes (OBCs) in institutes of higher learning such as the IIMs. The IIMs believe any further delay would hurt students because private business schools will start putting out their admissions lists soon.
“We can only wait till 21 April and on this day we will give admissions as per last year,” IIM Ahmedabad director Bakul Dholakia said at a media briefing. He said the six IIMs arrived at the decision in consultation with each other. The move was greeted rapturously on several blogs, some of which are run by candidates, who are keen to secure admission at an IIM.
The ministry of human resource development, under whose purview the IIMs fall, is still working out a way to go ahead with the 27% reservation for OBCs, despite the court’s order. It wants to implement this quota from the academic year which begins in June in most colleges.
“It would have been ideal if some consultations were done with us (the six IIMs) by the HRD ministry (before it asked us to hold back the admissions list),” said Dholakia.
An education consultant to the government, who did not wish to be identified, said the IIMs were just “nudging the government” to take adecision.
The ministry of human resources development did not respond to the announcement.
“We have to spare students the trouble and money of taking multiple admissions,” said a spokesperson for IIM-A, explaining why the schools decided not to withhold their results indefinitely.
The list that the IIMs will release on 21 April will be for 1,300 seats, last year’s capacity. IIMs and other colleges affected by the quota had planned a graded increase in the number of seats to accommodate OBC students.
All government colleges already reserve 22.5% of their seats for students belonging to scheduled castes and tribes.
The IIMs have prepared two admission lists. One for the same number of seats as last year and another for around 1,400 seats, 100 more.
PTI contributed to this story.