CAT & MBA Books - Reservation policy in CAT
Since the Mandal Commission of 1979 various concessions have been made in all walks of government enterprises to facilitate the betterment of the SC / ST, OBC categories in India. The latest boat to be rocked by this was the clause of reservation for seats in IIM's for SC / ST and OBC candidates' also further concessions were to be made for girl applicants to retain more girls in IIM's.
The plan did not go down well with the intelligentsia and majority of the IIM students, faculties and applicants. They termed the step as another form of caste-based jingoism for political motives. The announcement for quotas for the SC / ST, OBC classes was met with widespread criticism and the internet was boiling over with various forum boards displaying their views on the topic of reservations even the female applicants displayed their ire against the government for taking such stock of the situation.
The points in favor of reservation in the IIM's is -
- Getting a greater diversity of students into the institute instead of just IIT graduates and / or students from an Engineering back-ground, it has been estimated that ~70% of current IIM students have an Engineering background.
- Balancing the male female ratio in the campus, there has been a hue and cry on this issue by girls saying no such double standards should be followed, if someone wants to get into the system he / she will work towards it rather than depend on reservations.
- Due to the prevalence of Engineering students in IIM's it was felt overall the value of the diploma holders graduating from was getting normalized and rationalized to nothing but Engineering students with a compartmentalized thought process of how to solve day-to-day issues to tackle this issue grace marks are being given to girls and students from a non-Engineering background.
The points against the reservation is -
- Students who truly work hard and put their best efforts may get snubbed in favor of someone who just gets a chance boost with the grace marking and / or quota.
- It will dilute the standard of education of the students enrolling in top tier institutes like IIM's and IIT's. This can lead to further stagnation of students.
- Instead of following the process of standardization that is prevalent in Ivy-League colleges we are following the opposite route of aggravating the problem of ing top talent by organizing reservations and quotas.
The IIM and policy mandarins defend their stand with the following arguments -
- If a genuine student has worked hard in his / her academic career there is no chance that they will get snubbed over a less capable, quotas / reservations notwithstanding, the normalization process kicks in and weeds the weaker students.
- From the implementation of reservation and grace marks for girl students it has been noticed that there has been an increase in the number of girl students in IIM-A from ~6% [in 2009 batch] ? ~13% [in 2011 batch].
- It is felt due to the prevalence of Engineering students a balance will need to be struck between how many B.Tech [and equivalent courses] students are included with those who have a non-Engineering background.
After these plans were rolled out last year, they were met with varying hostility and amicability by the masses :-
- Various forum boards have come out in protest condemning the initiation of reservations in a institute like IIM's and IIT's saying that it will dilute their standing on the international stage.
- Some students on the contrary feel that a profile screening process should be implemented to do this instead of reservation like in the Ivy-league institutes. A prospective student should be screened in totality [academic score, graduation and work experience] to grant acceptance into IIM's. Obviously the detractors say the volume of applications that IIM's get is far in excess any foreign university gets and this will only slow the process down.
The overall reception has been less than amicable with the students feeling they are being shortchanged for political gains. Also most faculties with the institutes also remain wary of such moves, they feel they will rather not comment on political dealing and will focus on giving their best to teach the new batch of students.
Author - Abhay Masand
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