IIM - Reservation System in Faculty? [ Detailed Analysis ]


The human resource development ministry (HRD) suggested introducing reservation in teaching appointments in Indian Institutes of Management (IIM),HRD department states that no authority is above the constitution of India.

  • Currently a few technical and research institutes are resisting reservation policy in faculty
  • IIM is currently not following the reservation system- the claim is that they do not get quality candidates to fill the reserved quota seats

Response from IIMs

20 IIMs across the country refused to introduce reservation in appointment of faculty, citing quality concerns.


  • In 2008 then HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar asked all centrally funded institutions such as Indian Institutes of Technology and IIMs, to set a quota for SC, ST, and OBCs in teaching positions.
  • Previously then HRD minister Arjun Singh had brought a bill to exempt reservation system from leading education institutes of India such as IITs and IIMs. The bill got approval from the Rajya Sabha but not from Lok Sabha and later it was dissolved in 14th Lok Sabha.
  • IITs, despite strong reservations, walked the line while recruiting assistant professors but IIMs remained defiant.
  • Ashok Thakur the higher education secretary asked IIMs to follow the reservation system in 2013 after a parliamentary panel highlighted that the business schools were not following the quota system for hiring faculty.
  • Later in April 2013 Smriti Irani also asked IIMs to follow the reservation policy.
  • IIMs must reserve 15% for Scheduled Castes (SCs), 7.5% for Scheduled Tribes (STs) and 27% for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) students, that is, almost half (49.5%) of the annual student-intake.

- Published on: September 28, 2016