Ending the suspense, political parties on Thursday gave the go-ahead to the government to allow Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), Indian Institutes of Technology and other central educational institutions to proceed with admissions for the general, scheduled caste (SC) and scheduled tribe (ST) categories for the coming academic session without the OBC (other backward castes) quota for the moment.
A meeting of the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and Left allies backed the human resources development (HRD) ministry’s proposal to fill the seats as per last year’s norms and leave out the enhanced seats to accommodate the 27% OBC quota till the Supreme Court decides on the matter.
Under the Centre’s formula, 1,24,377 general and SC and ST candidates would be offered admission while 12,216 seats under the expansion programme to accommodate the quota would be filled after the apex court’s decision.
The IIMs will display the admission lists on their websites on Friday. “Only candidates can access the list,” said S.P. Parashar, director, IIM-Indore.
CPI leader D. Raja said Parliament should intervene effectively if the apex court did not vacate the stay.
Thursday’s consultations were in continuation of talks the Prime Minister had on Wednesday at the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs. In a note circulated at the meeting, the government said one of the reasons for withholding admissions for all categories of students was to ensure that the Centre’s case before the apex court for an early hearing was not adversely affected.
Aparna Kalra contributed to this story.