In response to a case filed by the Global IIM Alumni Network asking for the implementation of a reservation quota in admissions to PhD programmes, the Gujarat High Court on Tuesday sent notice to IIM-A. The IIM-Ahmedabad PhD admissions procedure for 2023–2024 began in September 2022; SCs, STs, and OBCs were not given the benefit of reservation during this time. The application was submitted by the alumni with a request to halt the admissions process.
Following the hearing, the High Court sent IIM-Ahmedabad a notice for a response. On November 15, there will be another hearing in the matter. The petitioner’s attorney stated during the hearing that a request for the benefit of reservation to SCs, STs, and OBCs in PhD courses at IIM-Ahmedabad had been made in November 2021, and the High Court had at that time given a notice to the IIM. Currently, the application procedure for 2023–24 will begin in September 2022 and end in January 2023.
There are 20 IIMs across the country, of which 12-15 have implemented reservations in PhD courses. However, it has not yet been implemented in IIM-Ahmedabad.
According to the plea, IIM-A is a central educational institution and, as such, should provide reservations in PhD courses under the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Act-2006.