The New Academic Session Will Have 10% Quota In All Higher Education Institutions: Govt
On January 15, the Central government announced that the increased 10% reservation for the economically weaker section in the general category would be implemented in all higher education institutions from 2019 academic session, which will begin in July. This will include both private and government institutions. The Union Human Resource Development (HRD) minister Prakash Javadekar while informing the media about the upper caste quota law said that the government would also increase around 25 per cent seats in higher education institutions across the country to ensure that the current number of SC, ST, OBC and general category seats are not affected.
“Nearly 25 per cent seats will be added to ensure that the reservation does not disturb the existing quota for SC, ST and other categories. There are around 40,000 colleges, and 900 universities across the country and supernumerary quota will be provided in these,” said the minister.
He added that the decision to implement the reservation was taken at a meeting which was witnessed by officials from the ministry, University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE).
How many numbers of seats would be increased?
According to The Indian Express, for now, there are 9.28 lakh seats in all the government-owned institutions which include IITs, NITs and IIMs, central universities, central open university, colleges and government and government-aided deemed universities.
When asked how many numbers of seats would be increased in the colleges, the minister said that the modalities are being worked out and within a week the government would come out with the plan for the exact number of seats that will be added to the institutes.
“The operation manuals about how to implement the quota will be issued soon.”
He also said that the colleges and universities will be asked to mention the number of reserved seats(quota) in their prospectus as well and the government will also ask them to make infrastructural arrangements accordingly.
Reservation in private institute
The 10% quota that is introduced by the BJP government has come 12 years after the Constitution was amended to make way for reservation in private educational institutions, reported The Indian Express.
Although it is not mandatory for the private institutes to provide reservation, many private institutions in the country are given reservation at the moment. While talking about the 10% quota in private universities, the minister said that the private universities are also ready to implement the quota.