Friday, April 13, 2007

IIM OBC list creates confusion galore

Bangalore / Ahmedabad
Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore, on behalf of all the six IIMs, has sent a letter to Human Resources Minister Mr. Arjun Singh suggesting three dates when they coould announce their first list of selected candidates without the OBC quota.

"We are ready to release the first list. In case the government recommends inclusion of the OBC quota, it can be done in the subsequent lists. We have to release the first list at the earliest to ensure that the academic session is not disturbed," IIM Bangalore Director Prakash Apte said.
"We have submitted three dates, and April 21 is one of them. We have given the government enough time to respond," he added.

An IIM spokesperson said that the IIMS may be forced to release the list this year without the quota list if a decision was not made by the government or was not possible for the government to make a decision in time.

The government had asked all the centrally-governed elite institutes such as IIMs and IITs to implement the 27% OBC quota. The IIMs had decided to do so in a phased manner starting this academic session. However, last week the Supreme Court put a stay on the law implementing the quota on the ground that the government had no clear data on who comprise OBCs.

If the IIMs release the first list on the suggested date without the OBC quota candidates, about 1,350 candidates would get a call from the 6 IIMs, put together. A number of students will soon face another tricky question – the other b-schools they may have applied to will soon release their results and they may be forced to pay the fee there.

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