SC gives go-ahead to OBC admissions in IIM-C

The Supreme Court on Friday quashed a Calcutta High Court interim order that stopped implementation of 27 per cent OBC quotas in post-graduate courses, including the ones in the Indian Institutes of Management.

The Calcutta High Court was hearing a plea challenging OBC quotas in post-graduate courses by a student who is to appear for an interview for admission to the IIM-C.

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Court notice to Centre on OBC quota in IIMs

The Delhi High Court on Monday issued notice to the Centre seeking its response to a petition challenging the implementation of 27 per cent reservation for the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in Central higher educational institutions, including the Indian Institutes of Management.A Division Bench, comprising Justices T.S. Thakur and Siddharth Mridul sought a response from the Centre within four weeks and posted the matter for July 10.

In their petition, the Pan-IIM Alumni Association argued that the Union government had misinterpreted the Supreme Court order on OBC reservation. It has been argued that while the Supreme Court upheld reservation policy for the OBCs, it had said it would not be applicable to higher institutions.

Therefore, the petitioners sought a stay on a government memorandum issued on April 20 in which the government expressed its intention to implement OBC reservation in higher educational institutions.

Source: The Hindu

http://www.hindu.com/2008/05/13/stories/2008051353911000.htm

Doctors, lawyer and a fashion designer make it to IIM-C

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Kolkata_/Doctors_lawyer_in_IIM-C_class/articleshow/3028965.cms

Excerpt from the above link.

KOLKATA: When postgraduate classes start at the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, on June 23, there’s a surprise in store. Five doctors, a lawyer and a fashion designer are among those who have made it to the 2008 batch — and IIM-C old timers say that this is perhaps the first time that the institute has such a variety.

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Read more about the motivations of each one of them.

This is definitely a good thing for B-Schools to bring in more diversity in the classroom to enrich the experience and as well as for aspirants who now have many other types of examples to look at while pursuing their MBA dreams.

What do you think? 

Two Inspiring Stories

Came across these news items last week.

The first one of Anurag Jain – a student from a Hindi medium government school background cracking the CAT in his 3rd attempt and getting a place on the merit list of IIM Lucknow and Indore.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Lucknow/Govt_school_boy_bells_the_CAT/articleshow/3006240.cms

And the second one of Gaganbir Singh from Ahmedabad, who got admission calls from IIM-B, C and K.

http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/000200805041970.htm

Gaganbir has only 15-20% vision and suffers from a rare ailment Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), where a person loses eyesight with age.

There is definitely a lot to learn from people like these. It is they who make us realize that how powerful a committed individual can be. Hats off to both of them.