IIMs will have to implement OBC quota too: ministry

IIMs will have to implement OBC quota too: ministry
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First Published: Mon, Apr 21 2008. 12 31 AM IST
Updated: Mon, Apr 21 2008. 12 31 AM IST
New Delhi: Ending the week-long confusion, the government on Sunday directed all Centrally funded educational institutions, including the Indian institutes of Management (IIMs) and the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), to implement reservations for other backward classes (OBCs) from this year.
The human resource development (HRD) ministry issued the directive to the Central educational institutions (CEI) after the Supreme Court on 10 April upheld the 27% reservation for OBCs, excluding the creamy layer.
All CEIs, other than those exempted in the Act, have to implement the quota apart from 15% for scheduled castes (SC) and 7.5% for scheduled tribes (ST) from this academic session, the ministry said in its office memorandum issued in the evening.
Following the verdict, IIMs had deferred the admission process seeking clarity from the ministry.
IITs have already decided to implement the quota in phases by reserving 9% every year beginning 2008-09.
“The policy of reservation for the OBCs under the Central Educational Institutions Act is to be implemented from the forthcoming academic session itself and this is applicable to all the CEIs, exceptions being only those institutions of excellence, research institutions of national and strategic importance specified in the Schedule to the CEI Act,” the ministry said.
Reservation for OBCs, SCs and STs under the CEI Act applies to all programmes and courses at undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels.
Specialized courses including post-doctoral programmes may be exempted from the quota ambit in consultation with the appropriate authority such as the University Grants Commission and the All India Council for Technical Education, the ministry said. Reservation for OBCs and SCs/STs under the CEI Act shall not apply to minority educational institutions.
Sony Max gives IPL full marks for spot success
New Delhi: After months of speculation over whether the billion-dollar Indian Premier League (IPL) would deliver or not, the share in television viewership on Sony SET Max, the broadcasting channel of IPL, spelt success as it moved from No. 4 to the No. 1 spot across genres when the matches were aired on 18 and 19 April.
According to Audience Measurement and Analytics Ltd (Amap), an audience measurement firm that tracks the viewership patterns of 35 million cable and satellite homes across the country, SET Max’s market share grew to 16.8%, an eight-fold increase from its average 2.1% marketshare in the 8pm to 11pm time slot of the last four Fridays when Kolkata’s Knight Riders took on Bangalore’s Royal Challengers during the inaugural match on 18 April.
Rival channels Zee TV and Star followed with market shares of 7% and 4.6%, respectively. On Saturday too, the average marketshare of SET Max between 4pm to 11:30 pm, during which two matches were played between Chennai SuperKings versus Mohali’s Kings XI Punjab, and Delhi Daredevils versus Rajasthan Royals, was 14.34 %.
-Priyanka Mehra
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First Published: Mon, Apr 21 2008. 12 31 AM IST