The Centre on Thursday indicated that the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) may no longer be exempted from reserving faculty positions for SC, ST and OBC candidates.
According to sources, the HRD Ministry is keen that the IIMs meet their constitutional obligation and ensure social equity in teacher recruitment.
“The Constitution provides for reservation and no one is above the Constitution. There is a list of exempted institutions, but the IIMs are not among them,” said a senior ministry functionary.
Quota system for faculty has been a contentious issue ever since the government in 2008 asked all centrally-funded institutions, including IIMS, IITs and central universities, to set aside teaching positions for SCs, STs and OBCs. While all IIMs have introduced quota in student admissions, many — including IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore and IIM Calcutta — have resisted the push for affirmative action in faculty recruitment. IITs and central universities, on the other hand, have toed the government’s line.
The ministry has sent three advisories to the IIMs since 2013 urging them to implement quota.