The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore will now enforce government-mandated reservation quota for SC/ST/OBC candidates in its admission to the Fellow Programme in Management (FPM) course for the academic year 2018-19.
The Global IIM Alumni Network welcomed the move and said in a statement:
“This comes as a pleasant surprise after the Global IIM Alumni Network had recently called on all the IIMs to implement reservation in their respective FPM programs as one of the measures to deal with the appalling diversity deficit at both doctoral and faculty levels at all the IIMs. While commending the leadership at IIM Bangalore to be the first to comply with these statutory measures, we urge them to go beyond the letter of the provisions and take further steps to realize them in their spirit. These can include but may not be limited to putting in place an effective outreach initiative to publicize the admissions in all major institutions across the country, putting in place financial aid for those students who may have educational loan prohibiting them from pursuing a long-duration doctoral course and steps to foster an inclusive and welcoming academic environment for students from marginalized communities,” the statement said.
On the other hand, Alumni Network also expressed displeasure that IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Calcutta, and IIM Kozhikode have disrespected appeals several times to launch reservation quotas and have continued to have admission policies at alteration with the law.
The statement added that “We implore the leadership at these institutions to withdraw the existing notices and reissue them with reservation provisions as mandated by law. We would also urge other IIMs including IIM Lucknow and IIM Indore, which will be issuing admission notices for their doctoral programmes in the next few months, to follow the example of IIM Bangalore in taking the first step towards inclusion by implementing statutory reservations in the admission processes.”
The Global IIM Alumni association has written a letter to President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to put some further pressure for compliance, asking for their intervention to make sure execution of reservation quotas across all IIM institutes in the FPM programme as well as in faculty intake. As per the recently published data, there are only two SC and 13 OBC members amid 512 faculty members in all of ten IIMs. The more shocking data is the absence of a single ST faculty member.