The 90 per cent quota in junior colleges for state board students does not apply to seats reserved for minorities in top colleges like St Xavier’s and Jai Hind, the Education Department clarified on Monday.
These institutions reserve 50 per cent of their seats for minority students, where admission is based purely on merit. For instance, St Xavier’s College reserves half of its seats for Christians.
The quota also does not apply to the 5 per cent of seats that managements can fill at their discretion in all colleges.
Effectively, this means that for every 100 seats in a minority institution, the quota will apply only to 45 seats. This, in turn, means that about 40 seats will be reserved for state board students and five for the rest.
“The 90:10 policy will be applicable wherever the government has the control to implement it,” Sanjay Kumar, principal secretary, school education, said. The government has no control over minority and management seats, according to a Supreme Court order.
A state government notification last week stated that junior colleges must reserve 90 per cent of their seats for state board students, while those from other boards must vie for the rest.
Many principals of minority institutions were confused about whether the quota would apply to minority and management seats.
But now it is clear that these colleges must fill their minority and management quotas on their own before online admissions begin. This year, the government has centralised admissions through an online system.
If colleges are unable to fill minority and management seats, they must transfer the vacant seats to the general category under the online system.
But coveted colleges said they have had no problem filling their minority quotas. “There is no chance that minority seats will go vacant,” said Father Frazer Mascarenhas, principal of St Xavier’s College. “We get three times the number of applications.”