The percentage of OBC students among new entrants in IIMs, IITs and Central universities has increased in 2010-11 over the previous year, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.
Human resource development minister Kapil Sibal said during Question Hour that the percentage of OBC students among new entrants in IIMs and IITs in 2010-11 was 23.05% and 23.61% respectively, against 14.52% and 20.38% in 2009-10.
Similarly, the percentage of OBC students among new entrants in Central universities increased to 19.09% in 2010-11 from 13.52% in the previous year.
Sibal also said the total percentage of OBC students "currently enrolled in IITs, IIMs and Central universities is 18.98%, 24.3 % and 14.2% respectively."
He also said the government has allocated an additional Rs 2,166.89 crore to Central universities and Rs 4,227.46 crore to centrally funded technical institutions for 54% capacity expansion in each of the central institutions to provide OBC quota without reducing general category seats.
Sibal said the government has also decided to amend the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admissions) Act, 2006, to enhance the period of implementation of 27% reservations for OBC in central institutions, from 3 to 6 years.
The amendment would also ensure that even in the central institutions located in the north eastern states and those located in areas covered under 6th Schedule of the Constitution, OBC reservations are provided to the extent possible, he added.