Implement quota from 2008-09, Govt tells Central institutions

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New Delhi. Apr 20 (UNI) The Government today directed all the Centrally-funded educational institutions, including IIMs and IITs, to implement the OBC reservation from this academic session but not extend it to the creamy layer.

The directive, issued by the Human Resource Ministry to the Central Educational Institutions (CIE), came ten days after the supreme Court upheld the 27 per cent reservation for OBCs while excluding the creamy layer from its ambit.

''All CEIs, other than those exempted in the act, have to implement the 27 per quota for OBCs apart from 15 per cent for SCs and 7.5 per cent for STs from this academic session...,'' the Ministry said in its office memorandum issued this evening.

''Each Central Educational Institution shall ensure that from among candidates belonging to the OBCs applying for admission against the seats reserved for the OBC category, information is collected from the candidates for exercising due diligence, so that no candidate belonging to the 'creamy layer' is given the benefit of reservation for the OBCs,'' the memorandum said.

After the Supreme Court order, the IIMs had put on hold their admission process, and sought a communication from the Ministry .

The IITs had already decided to implement the quota in three years beginning 2008-09, by reserving nine per cent every year.

''The policy of reservation for the OBCs under the Central Educational Institutions Act is to be implemented from the forthcoming academic session itself and this is applicable to all the CEIs, exceptions being only those institutions of excellence, research institutions of national and strategic importance specified in the Schedule to the CEI Act,'' the Ministry said.

''A detailed programme of phasing of the expansion of capacity has already been worked out by CEIs and approved by the Empowered Committee for implementing recommendations of the Oversight Committee.

''In view of the stay orders of the Supreme Court, the academic session commencing from the calendar year 2008-09 would, for all practical purposes, be the first year of implementation,'' it said.

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