Govt calls up IITs, IIMs; puts admissions on hold -
April 7th, 2007
Govt calls up IITs, IIMs; puts admissions on hold
The Indian Institutes of Management and Indian Institutes of Technology will put admissions on hold till the Centre sorts out the Supreme Court’s stay on 27 per cent quota for Other Backward Classes (OBCs).
The Human Resources Development Ministry has asked all Central-government funded educational institutions to put admissions on hold till the legal wrangle is sorted out. The court has said the government must provide first provide it with data on the number of OBCs in the country before it implements the order.
IITs and IIMs had already begun the process to increase their seats and planned their admissions to accommodate the OBC quota.
The country’s top medical, engineering and management colleges will be affected by the order. The managements of IITs and IIMs have asked to keep the entire admission process on hold "till they hear from the ministry".
The directive from the Ministry comes a day after a meeting of leaders of UPA and Left parties which resolved that the government would take all "appropriate" steps to ensure that the reservation for OBCs to the extent of 27 per cent becomes operational from this academic session.
The apex court order staying the central law had led to demands from across the political spectrum that the government act fast to get the stay vacated and HRD Minister Arjun Singh had declared that all constitutional and legal measures would be taken to ensure this.
Though the apex court had stayed the admissions under the OBC quota this year, the IIMs had said that they would announce the final list from general and SC/ST candidates on April 12.
IIM-Ahmedabad has already decided it will not implement the quota in the 2007-2008 academic year, if the Supreme Court stay is not vacated by April 12.
so now what is the goverment upto ???
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