IIM Admissions are over now and the new batches have joined the PGP/PGDM course for the academic sessions 2019-21. However, amid this admission season, one of the biggest challenges facing the top 20 IIMs in the country is about filling the seats that fall under the cadre of quota system. For the top IIMs one of the most daunting tasks is to endure that the alloted 22.5 per cent quota which is specifically reserved for the Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes is filled adequately. This issue surfaced when Milind Kamble, who appointed as the chairperson of the board of governors of IIM, Jammu raised concerns about the seats under the quote remaining vacant.
Filling up SC/ST quota a challenge
Prof. Milind Kamble, who is also the founder chairperson of the Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is quite concerned about bridging the gap between the academic requirement viz-a-viz supply for the manpower that matches the demand to fulfill the industrial needs. In this regard he gave a statement to one of the leading newspapers that his appointment to IIM Jammu has brought critical responsibilities and challenges for him. Specifically the issues pertaining to filling up the SC/ST quota in the IIM admissions is one of the most alarming one. This issue needs a conducive support system that can enhance the morale of the students from this category eagerly apply for admissions to the IIMs. IIMs need to take necessary action in this direction to ensure that the seats under the quota system don't remain vacant.
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Seat reservation in IIM for SC/ST quota
As per the statistics and the official allotment, 15 per cent seats have been kept for the candidates coming from the SC quota and 7.5 per cent seats have been reserved for the candidates from ST quota. Unfortunately, most of these seats remain vacant in the IIMs which somehow hamper the diversity factor in the management institute.
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Why seats under quota remain vacant?
Multiple factors can be attributed to this state of affairs which can be
- Candidates unprepared to cope with the competition
- Candidates reluctant to endure the culturally diverse environment of the institute, especially the ones hailing from for rural and economically weaker background
What can be done to bridge the gap?
As per Kamble, he mentions that he would endeavour to bridge the gap between academic excellence and industrial requirement by enhancing the exposure of these candidates with the faculty members that are the key support for imparting academic excellence. He would also try to arrange sessions with the experts for the quota students to ensure that there is no gap between them and others.
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Way forward for SC/ST candidates
SC/ST candidates should not leave any opportunity in both academic and professional front when the government and IIM (autonomous body) in itself are extending full support to uplift their status. As per Prof. Kamble, SC/ST candidates must give up on their orthodox mindset and should focus on grabbing the best possible opportunity coming their way. They should also concentrate in the prospects of taking up entrepreneurship as a major career move. Even when the SC/ST members get a chance to join the board of governors in IIMs, they should not take a back foot. In fact, they must readily take benefit of these opportunities in their stride. This move from the IIMs will be perceived as a big step towards affirmative action.
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