To appease voters ahead of the municipal elections, the Delhi government has increased the percentage of reservation for OBC students in government-aided and unaided institutions and state universities.
The current reservation, which stands at 21%, has been increased to 27% and will come into effect from the coming academic year.
A decision in this regard was taken in a cabinet meeting chaired by Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit.
“In principle, the cabinet had decided in 2008 to provide
27% reservation to OBC students. It will be assessed from time to time, taking into consideration the status of infrastructure, so it can cater to the increased number of students,” he added.
With the municipal elections set to be held in April this year, both BJP-led Municipal Corporation of Delhi and Delhi government have been announcing such sops for the public.
Dikshit said her government had fulfiled its commitment to provide full 27% reservation to OBC students.
“This decision will go a long way in imparting higher/technical education to a large number of students coming from weaker sections. This will help in their upliftment and providing them with ample opportunities of employment,” she said.
A 5% reservation was first given to OBC students in 2009-10. The percentage was hiked to 15% for the academic year 2010-11 and 21% in 2011-12.
“The cabinet has now decided to hike the reservation for OBC students to 27% for the academic year 2012-13. It will not affect any reduction in respect of SC quota. Also, the number of admissions in each class, in each discipline, will be increased by 12%, to ensure that seats available for general candidates are not reduced. The total number of seats will be increased accordingly,” added the official.