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No quota this year: IIM board
Jangveer Singh
Tribune News Service

Bangalore, July 27
The Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, today made it clear that it would be unable to implement the reservation policy this year even if it was directed to do so by the Union Human Resource Development Ministry.

Disclosing this here today, IIM, Bangalore Director Prakash G Apte said the reservation policy could be implemented only after three years during which period the institute would acquire the needed faculty as well as upgrade its infrastructure.

The Board of Directors had met here yesterday for a meeting which was chaired by Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani. Mr Apte said the board had gone into details of the infrastructure needed to implement the policy and felt that it required appropriate time to make the necessary arrangements. He said this view had already been conveyed to the Central Government.

Giving details, Mr Apte said the institute was taking in 240 candidates each year. He said this would mean an increase by at least another 120 seats if the quota policy was implemented. “We do not have the necessary infrastructure or faculty to meet this requirement”, he said.

The IIM, Bangalore, is also relying on the government to help create the infrastructure needed for the expansion. Mr Apte said the institute would have to acquire more land for this purpose and that the land would have to be acquired at another location due to lack of excess space in the current campus.

He said the institute would have to create another campus around 10 km away which would cost Rs 50 crore, including the cost of the faculty which would have to be inducted for the purpose. He said the IIM did not have internal funds to go ahead with the project.

Mr Apte said the institute already had a shortage of 16 faculty members at its campus. He said the faculty strength could go up to 110 from the present 73 if the quota policy was implemented.

It is likely to take a final decision on the expansion at its next board meeting in October. 




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