NEW DELHI: The NDA authorities’s signature social welfare push through a 10% quota for college students from economically weaker sections (EWS) has put IIMs in a bind. IIMs wish to implement the brand new quota for common class. However it will result in a much bigger pupil consumption because the EWS Act requires that neither admissions beneath present reserved classes (SC/ST/OBC) nor admissions beneath the overall class be diminished whereas implementing the EWS quota.

Institutes must admit 25% extra college students to adjust to the legislation. A bigger consumption will throw faculty-student ratios out of kilter and pressure infrastructure, IIMs really feel.

IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Lucknow have but to confess any pupil from the EWS common class this 12 months whereas others together with IIMs Calcutta, Udaipur, Nagpur and Kozhikode are additionally in a repair. They’re uncertain of having the ability to meet the 2020 deadline to extend the scholar consumption beneath this class.


“The institute has determined to not implement 10% EWS reservation for the tutorial interval 2019-21 as a consequence of infrastructure restrictions. We might want to add extra lecture rooms and dorms to the campus to accommodate these further college students earlier than even initiating the plan. Apart from infrastructural hurdle, we even have to consider the student-faculty ratio,” stated a spokesperson at IIM Ahmedabad. The IIM has admitted 385 college students this 12 months.

“It’s a huge problem for institutes as the general enhance can be 25% so as to accommodate 10% EWS common class college students. This implies we must ramp up hostel services and recruit extra lecturers,” stated Himanshu Rai, director, IIM Indore.

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This 12 months IIM Kozhikode has been in a position to admit simply three college students within the EWS class in a batch of 480 college students, not even 1% of the whole.

“Subsequent 12 months after we implement the total 10% EWS reservation…it will likely be a little bit of a problem,” stated Shubhasis Dey, Chairperson, Admissions Committee at IIM Kozhikode. IIM Nagpur has managed to confess 4 college students from this class within the 122-student sturdy incoming batch of 2019-21 (three% EWS).

Like different IIMs, Nagpur too is aiming to implement the total 10% quota by the 2020-21 tutorial 12 months by making essential association for infrastructure. IIM Calcutta has been in a position to admit 18 college students from this class this 12 months within the batch of 480 (EWS lower than four%) and is planning to extend the consumption over coming years.

“Infrastructure is definitely a problem to satisfy the 10% goal,” stated the media spokesperson at IIM Calcutta. “Subsequent 12 months IIM U will have the ability to meet the 10% goal however are hoping to get authorities help for infrastructure,” stated N Viswanathan, Member, Applications Committee at IIM Udaipur.