Weeks after adopting the controversial quota in government jobs and education for the upper caste poor, the BJP-led
Union Minister for Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar clarified this as he announced the 10% reservation for economically weaker sections (EWS) of the general category, applicable in all higher education institutions (private and government) from the upcoming 2019 academic session.
The decision was taken at a meeting between officials of the HRD ministry, the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE).
What is the immediate plan of action?
“We had a meeting today (Tuesday) with the officials from the AICTE and UGC… The reservation based on economic status will be applicable
“The unreserved category is getting quota benefit for
The controversial bill
President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday approved the
The bill had passed the Lok Sabha last week amidst great controversy for its focus on economic backwardness over social
People from the general category who have an annual income under Rs. 8 lakh and own less than five acres of land will be eligible for benefits under the new amendment to the constitution.
The opposition claims that it is a “gimmick” aimed at profiting in the upcoming parliamentary polls.
How to deal with overlapping EWS schemes
While the Constitution provides for the quota law to be extended to private institutions, the law does not apply to private varsities, thus making the new law challenging to implement from this academic year. Not only is the design and framework of the quota unknown to varsities right now, but many of them already have social inclusion programmes in place.
“How we implement the quota will depend on the design of the quota which will be given to us, but in terms of class composition. Ashoka already has more than 10
Ahmedabad-based private university PDPU also has a quota reservation in place for SC/STs from the time of its inception 4 years ago, despite being a private university. “We are awaiting a formal notice to understand how the modalities of implementation will work,” registrar Tarun Shah told the news agency.
“We are committed to the objective of EWS inclusion, and have many social outreach programs active. How we implement additional intake will depend on the operational mandate that we will get, but we will abide by the law,” he added.
Prarthana Mitra is a staff writer at Qrius.
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