With the government giving its nod to a sub-quota for minorities within the 27% reservation for OBCs, the HRD Ministry has issued a gazette notification for its implementation in all central educational institutions.
The decision would cover admissions in technical institutions such as the IITs, IIMs, NITs and over 40 Central universities and educational institutions like National Institute of Design.
The Union Cabinet had on December 22 approved a sub-quota of 4.5% for minorities within the 27% reservation for OBCs, paving the way for reservation in government jobs and educational institutions for minorities.
The decision will come into effect from January 1, 2012.
According to HRD Ministry officials, the 4.5% reservation would result in roughly 120 seats earmarked for minorities in the IITs while in the IIMs with a total intake of nearly 3500 students, 42 seats would go to students from minority communities.
Meanwhile, the five-year deadline for Central educational institutions to implement 27% OBC reservation in a phased manner ends next year.