According to information accessed by the Ambedkar Periyar Phule Study Circle (APPSC) from IIT Bombay through an RTI, between 2015 and 2019, out of 26 departments, 11 of them did not admit a single ST student. These departments include Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Climate Studies, Mathematics etc. With regard to SC students three departments admitted only one SC student and two, SJM School of Management and Centre of Research Engineering did not admit any SC students at all.
Right to Information data released recently shows that IIT Bombay has witnessed a serious violation of reservation norms in PhD admissions from 2015 to 2019. Among the applications received in the five years, only 1.8 per cent of candidates were from Scheduled Tribes, 10.7 per cent from Scheduled Castes and 21.8 per cent were from Other Backward Castes. 11 out of 26 departments at IIT Bombay admitted zero candidates as PhD scholars from ST category between 2015-2019. Further, 3773 students from SC, ST, and OBC categories were denied seats.
“A total of 82,277 students applied for admission to PhD programmes in the 26 departments of IIT-B between 2015 and 2019. Of the 2,874 selected, 71.6% were from the general category; 1.6% were from the ST category; 7.5% were from the SC category; and 19.2% were from the OBC category. Of the total applications received in the five years, only 1.8% were from candidates from ST category; 10.7% from SC category and 21.8% from OBC category. This information was disclosed in response to an RTI application filed by an IIT-B student in association with the Ambedkar Periyar Phule Study Circle (APPSC), a student organisation at the institute. HT has a copy of the RTI response. APPSC alleged IIT-B has not followed the ministry of education norms for vacant seats. “Rules mandate that if the institute fails to implement the stipulated reservation for a year, it has to re-advertise the seats, call for admissions again, and carry forward those seats into the subsequent year. IIT-B should explain why they haven’t been following any of these mechanisms, despite seats being left vacant,” said APPSC.”