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