The students crowd to take the prospectus form as the admission process begins at the Hansraj college. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint
The students crowd to take the prospectus form as the admission process begins at the Hansraj college. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint

Javadekar hints at implementing SC, ST, OBC quota in private colleges and universities too

  • Prakash Javadekar says for EWS quota implementations, the seats will be increased to the tune of 25%
  • While the 124 constitutional amendment has a provision for EWS quota in private institutions, the other category of quotas in private unaided institutions is not in vogue right now

Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar Tuesday indicated that the centre may push all four category of quota - for scheduled caste, scheduled tribe, other backward classes and for the economic weaker section at private institutions.

While the 124 constitutional amendment passed by the Parliament earlier this month, has a provision for EWS quota in private institutions, the other category of quotas in private unaided institutions is not in vogue right now.

Replying to a media question on whether all categories of quota will be implemented at private institutions, Javadekar said “yes" without elaborating on how they will do so that too from the 2019-20 academic session without a statutory backing. More so, when education falls largely in the domain of the states.

Neither the ministers office or the ministry spokesperson gave a clear answer on whether SC, ST and OBC quota too will be implemented even at private institutions which comprise almost 70% of the all higher educational institutions.

The minister, however, was categorical about EWS quota implementation at all colleges and universities - private and government - from 2019 academic session.

Javadekar said for EWS quota implementations, the seats will be increased to the tune of 25%. “This 10% quota for EWS will be over and above the existing quotas for SCs, STs and OBCs and General seats.

“Adequate additional seats will be created in these colleges and universities to implement the quota for EWS. The UGC and AICTE will be provided the operational mandate within a week to implement the quota," the ministry said in a statement.

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