The minister will meet the directors of all the IIMs on 20 September 2016
With the spotlight once again on the issue of reservation in recruitment of teachers at the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), the Minister for Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar will take up the issue with the directors of the premier institutes in a meeting on 20 September 2016.
The IIMs have for long resisted the proposition for reservation quotas in appointments. The institutions maintain that the quality of instruction may suffer if reservation is implemented. A source stated, “IIMs might find it difficult to dodge the issue, as the minister will take it up in the meeting. All IIMs will submit report on their faculty position.” The HRD minister will also be discussing the scholarships and loans that are provided to students from disadvantaged sections of society.
Reservation in India has always been a controversial issue. The central government had in 2008 asked all centrally funded education institutions (Including the IITs and IIMs) to set aside faculty positions for SC, ST and OBC candidates. The IIMs on the other hand cited a 1975 order (pertaining to the School of Planning, Delhi) and argued that the reservation policy should not be applicable to technical institutes.
The government’s order led to protests. Subsequently the then HRD minister Arjun Singh tabled a Bill in the parliament that excluded India’s premier educational institutions such as the IITs and IIMs from the reservation policy. The Bill however did not get the go ahead from the Lok Sabha and was forgotten after the end of the tenure of the14th Lok Sabha.
Over the past few years the IITs have come to follow the reservation policy; however the IIMs are still opposed to the idea.