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Jun 19, 2007 at 07:04am IST

Arjun to take a call on IIMs today

New Delhi: Snubbed by the Supreme Court on reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in higher educational institutions, the Human Resource Development Ministry will take a call on IIM admissions on Wednesday.

The Supreme Court had heard the Government's plea on Tuesday and agreed to an early hearing on May 8.

HRD Minister Arjun Singh will decide if the OBC quota will be implemented later this year. The Ministry also has to decide if they will still ask the IIMs to withhold their admission lists.

"We don't consider the order a punishment or a relief. The UPA is under no pressure from allies to implement it, we are only exhibiting our urge to see it done,” Singh said.

In an earlier directive, the Ministry had asked the IIMs not to proceed with admissions till the Supreme Court heard the case.

Meanwhile, sources in the six IIMs have said that postponing the admission till May 8 could seriously upset the academic calendar of the premier management institutions.

The IIMs will find it difficult to carry out the 21-day preparatory courses it conducts for students coming through the SC/ST quota.

Students with corporate jobs, who want to join the IIM courses, will also lose money because they won't be in a position to serve out their notice period.

Though, the Government has urged the private management institutions that the students should not forfeit their deposit, the private colleges are not going to pay heed to the directive.

Meanwhile, UPA allies are putting pressure on the Centre over the quota issue.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Tuesday asked the Centre to take action to implement OBC quota before pro-quota protests erupt again.

Speaking in the Tamil Nadu Assembly, Karunanidhi said that democracy will be badly affected if the fate of crores of people is determined by two or three people.