Yet another effort on the part of central government to make sure that 10 per cent reservation recently given to the Economically Backward Section (EWS) does not disturb existing quotas for the sheduled castes, scheduled tribes and other backward classes.
To achieve this aim, the Union Minister for Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar announced a 25 per cent increase in seats across educational institutions.
It was informed that the requisite changes will be carried out from the 2019-2020 academic session.
Minister Javadekar also announced that all universities will be notified to ensure that details of the EWS quota are included in their prospectuses with immediate effect.
The quota law will be applicable to all higher education institutions – whether private or government, he said, adding that it will be implemented in the 40,000 colleges and around 900 universities in the country.
The bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on January 9 and the Rajya Sabha a day later amid opposition claims that it was just a “gimmick” aimed at profiting in the upcoming parliamentary polls. Nevertheless, the legislation was passed in the lower house with only three voting against it.