As many as nine Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) have violated the reservation norms for PhD admissions, as per Ambedkar Periyar Phule Study Circle (APPSC), a students’ body at IIT Bombay. As per data collected from the last five years through RTI filed by APPSC, a total of 188 Dalit Bahujan Adivasi students were denied their seats in the IIMs.
According to legal requirements, 15 per cent of the seats must be reserved for SC candidates, 7.5 per cent for ST, 27 per cent for OBC candidates belonging to the “Non-Creamy Layer" (NCL-OBC), up to 10 per cent for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) candidates and 5 per cent for Persons with Disabilities (PwD).
Taking to the social media platform, Twitter, the students collective has revealed the proportion of Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), and Other Backward Caste (OBC) categories students in nine different IIMs. “RTI data obtained from 9 IIMs show that they have been violating the reservation norms in PhD admissions. 188 dalit bahujan adivasi students were denied their rightful seats in the last 5 years," it tweeted. (sic)
The nine IIMs include IIM Lucknow, Kozhikode, Raipur, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Indore, Shillong, Rohtak, and Kashipur.
As per the RTI data obtained by the APPSC, the maximum number of students taking admission in IIMs belonged to the general category. Out of a total of 110 seats reserved for SC, 40 has been admitted and 70 denied admission. In the ST category, out of 55 seats reserved, only 13 were admitted and 42 were denied. In OBC, which has the highest reservation out of the three, 123 students were admitted out of a total of `99 and 76 were denied admission.