Meet On Implementing OBC Quota

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New Delhi, May 13 (UNI) Authorities implementing 27 per cent reservation in higher education for Other Backward Classes-- than Scheduled Castes and Tribes-- meet tomorrow to take stock of practical realities.

''It should be an exercise in taking stock of practical realities,'' a delegate to the conference said in a telephone interview this evening.

Vice chancellors and other delegates arriving at the invitation of the Human Resource Development Ministry are expected to describe any practical difficulties they face.

The meeting comes as hundreds of colleges, universities and other institutions across India grapple with admitting OBC students to seats reserved for them while adding as many ''unreserved'' seats.

Delhi University, for instance, expects to add 18 per cent-- roughly 20,000-- seats as part of the exercise, Vice Chancellor Deepak Pental told UNI.

Jamia Millia Islamia Vice Chancellor Mushirul Hasan indicated the meeting may discuss the modalities of implementation, but declined further comment until after the event.

The meeting is to be presided over by HRD Minister Arjun Singh, officials say but they have not volunteered details of the event or its agenda.

As one source put, difficulties of resources, faculty and facilities may be aired at the meeting.

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