At a time when all IIMs are showing a great reluctance in reserving 10 percent seats for the students from the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS), IIM Udaipur has announced its decision to implement the same from the 2020 session.
"We have already implemented 5 percent quota in 2019-20 session. However, as the announcement came a little late when we have had already started with admissions, we have decided to start the 10 percent EWS quota from the coming academic session of 2020-21," said Pankaj Patel, chairman, IIM Udaipur while speaking to IANS.
Many IIMs have kept mum on the issue of introducing 10 percent quota for the EWS students as introducing 10 percent more seats means changing the faculty-student ratio in these institutes.
"Several alumni from other IIMs including Harsha Bhogle have joined the board. We have attained important milestones while moving forward," he said. "All our board members are pioneers in the industry and are bringing in a practicable course which will make a difference for us," he added.
When asked if the current slowdown in the economy is bothering him when it comes to placement issues he said, “It's true that we can't be insulated from the downturn impact. However, I feel that those schools focusing on new-age companies, for example, digital, and focusing on leadership capabilities are less likely to be hurt. But there is no way we can be insulated from the impact of the economy.”
"Meanwhile, there are many organizations which use the downturn as an opportunity to build capability. My sense is this is a bliss downturn and it won't be affecting those schools which are preparing managers for future," he added.
If this is a long spell then it will be worrisome for all but “we see the government is taking steps, we are hopeful of the best times coming.”
When asked why IIMs did not make it on the global list of the educational institutes Patel confessed, "Given the quality of talent we have, ideally we should have more schools on the globally recognized list. However, now, IIM Udaipur is working in that direction to ensure we should be globally recognized by 2030," he added.