Out of the 642 faculty members across 13 IIMs, only four belong to Scheduled Castes and a solitary faculty member belongs to a Scheduled Tribe.
According to the Global IIM Alumni Network, the attempts they made to convince the board and director of IIM Ahmedabad to implement reservations in their doctoral programme went unheeded.
Whatever the reasoning behind JNU’s decision to diversify into engineering and management, it seems about time.
Armies of part-time, under-qualified and poorly-paid faculty members are maintained by public and private institutions to get by, unmindful of the fact that education takes a big hit.
The group has also said that the pending IIM Bill, granting the institutes more autonomy, should not be passed in its current form.
IIM Ahmedabad responded to an RTI request asking for minutes of board meetings saying that “[i]information sought by [us] has no relationship to any public activity or interest and hence cannot be provided.”
“The over-representation of dominant caste groups in the teaching and research positions only endorses the belief of suppressing the historically marginalized populace.”
A faculty member and a fellow from IIM Bangalore have written to directors asking them to address the serious lack of diversity among both staff and students.
Of the 233 IIM faculty members the authors received data on, only two were from the SC category and five from the OBC.