IIM-L to implement quota in 3 years time

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Noida, Apr 10 (UNI) The Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (IIML) today said it will implement the specified quota for Other Backward Classes (OBC) students in three years time.

''We will wait for the government direction and implement the 27 per cent reservation in three years,'' IIML Director Devi Singh told reporters here on the sidelines of a conference.

This comes in the light of the Supreme Court upholding the 27 per cent reservation for other backward classes (OBCs) in government-run institutes of higher learning.

He added that the institute has been discussing the matter with the Moily committee. The Committee was set up by the human resource development ministry to study the feasibility of the 27 per cent quota.

''We have been increasing the seats and courses will continue.

The focus will also be on providing quality education and increasing the faculty,'' Mr Singh said.

IIML Chairperson of the board of management, J J Irani said the Court has to define what 'creamy layer' means and added that ''the Supreme Court has given the decision to implement 27 per cent quota for OBC. And we have no option but to accept it.'' He also added that the Court has to define the creamy layer in the underprivileged section as well.

The Court has ruled that creamy layer among the OBCs cannot get the benefit of quota.

A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan today ruled that the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Act, 2006, does not violate the basic structure of the Constitution.

The 500-page verdict came on a petition by anti-quota activists challenging the Act. They had vehemently opposed government's move saying caste cannot be the starting point for identifying backward classes.

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