Fac­ulty quota in IIM and IIT: HRD minister to meet mgmt

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com Nee­lam Pandey nee­lam.pandey@hin­dus­tan­times.com

At­tor­ney Gen­eral Mukul Ro­hatgi told the Supreme Court on Wed­nes­day that the gov­ern­ment alone can’t be blamed for ju­di­cial va­can­cies as many posts were ly­ing va­cant for over five years even as Chief Jus­tice of In­dia (CJI) TS Thakur asked the Cen­tre to show ur­gency in the mat­ter.

The At­tor­ney Gen­eral in­sisted that there was no log­jam in ap­point­ment and trans­fers of high court judges.

The con­tentious is­sue of quota in teacher ap­point­ments at In­dian In­sti­tutes of Man­age­ment is back, with the HRD minister likely to take it up in a meet­ing with IIM bosses on Septem­ber 20, sources said.

The re­newed push for af­fir­ma­tive ac­tion in In­dia’ top busi­ness schools comes at a time when the Modi gov­ern­ment is fac­ing crit­i­cism for atroc­i­ties against Dal­its and other weaker sec­tions.

Many of the coun­try’s 20 IIMs have re­sisted in­tro­duc­ing reser­va­tion in ap­point­ment of fac­ulty, cit­ing qual­ity con­cerns. But in the meet­ing, hu­man re­source de­vel­op­ment minister Prakash Javadekar would seek a sta­tus re­port.

“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,” said a source.

When con­tacted, IIM Ahmed­abad re­fused com­ment.

The schol­ar­ships and loans pro­vided by IIMs to the needy and SC/ST stu­dents are also on the agenda. In their de­fence, IIMs cite a 1975 or­der — is­sued for Delhi’s School of Plan­ning and Ar­chi­tec­ture — that says tech­ni­cal in­sti­tutes don’t have to fol­low the reser­va­tion pol­icy. The is­sue of quota is con­tentious.

The gov­ern­ment in 2008 asked all cen­trally funded in­sti­tu­tions, in­clud­ing In­dian In­sti­tutes of Tech­nol­ogy and IIMs, to set a quota for SC, ST and OBCs in teach­ing po­si­tions.

There were protests against the move.

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