A Question Was Put up on Quora Asking :
Are there any seats allotted under ‘Management Quota’, ‘Minister’s Quota’ or similar at IITs? Is it possible for a very very rich guy to get into an IIT by skipping the actual process?
Here is the Answer for the Same:
YES, shamefully. A secret quota for staff wards existed in IIT Kharagpur for four decades before an RTI application exposed it. The quota was never disclosed in the counselling brochure, unlike other reservations which exist for underprivileged students.
Twenty-five percent of the seats in the five-year integrated science courses (which saw admission through IIT-JEE) in IIT Kharagpur were reserved for wards of the institute staff. The eligibility criteria were just that the boards be passed with atleast 60% and that the JEE be attempted, no matter how the ward fared in it. The seats were then doled out by the Director as per his discretion.
Between 2003 and 2005, the wards did not even have to attempt the JEE. After the RTI application exposed this, the quota was then suspended due to the pressure of the Joint Admission Board of the IITs which oversees the IIT-JEE.
The beneficiaries of the secret quota include the children of Madhusudan Chakraborty, now the Director of IIT Bhubaneswar and VK Tewari, the organising chairman of the IIT-JEE in 2006, if news reports are to be believed.
The news report:
Another news report talks about a professor in IIT-KGP indicting the IIT system and KGP in particular for various faults: