The apex court order in 2008 on reservation of Other Backward Caste students resulted in the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta welcoming the largest batch across all IIMs on Friday.
“We have admitted 462 students this year in compliance with the Supreme Court order to reserve 27 per cent seats for Other Backward Caste students,” said Janakiraman Moorthy, the admissions chairman at the Joka institute.
Half the candidates of the 2011-2013 batch are from the general category and Scheduled Caste/Tribe, Other Backward Caste and disabled students comprise the rest.
The institute, committed to carrying out the court order in three years, had planned to increase the number of seats to 462 last year but could not take in more than 375 students because of a lack of infrastructure. A new academic complex and a hostel are among the facilities set up to implement the OBC quota.
“Our long-term plan is to increase the batch strength to 500,” said institute director Shekhar Chaudhuri.
The new batch has seen a jump in the percentage of students with a year’s work experience or more to 75 per cent from 64 last year. “The institute has always given weightage to work experience. It is easier for students with a little bit of work experience to appreciate the content of the curriculum taught at the institute,” said Moorthy.
The number of female students, 12 per cent last year, has gone down further to seven per cent.