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CEIs present problems in implementing OBC quota

Central educational institutions on Wednesday presented their problems in implementing the 27 per cent OBC quota from this session before HRD Minister Arjun Singh.

india Updated: May 15, 2008 09:51 IST

Central educational institutions on Wednesday presented their problems in implementing the 27 per cent OBC quota from this session before HRD Minster Arjun Singh who said the government would sort out all issues.

Vice chancellors of about 25 central universities, directors of IITs, IIMs and NITs gathered in New Delhi to apprise the government with the problems they face in quota implementation from this session.

"They have presented their issues. We will look into those and sort out," Singh told reporters.

The institutions mainly sought more funds from the government to enhance their infrastructure to increase the seats for implementing the quota.

"On money part, we can't say anything on our own. It is pending before the cabinet," he said.

The expenditure finance committee had considered the proposal of the department of higher education for an outlay of Rs 10328 crore -- Rs 4107 crore recurring and Rs 6220 crore non-recurring -- for a period of five years from 2007.

The ministry had on April 20 issued directions to the institutions to implement the OBC quota from this session.

The National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) has been entrusted with the task of reviewing the existing income criterion used for determining the creamy layer among the OBCs.

The NCBC would submit its report by June end after which the government may issue a uniform criterion to ascertain the creamy layer.

The meeting also discussed the status of admission in under-graduate and post-graduate courses in the central institutes from the coming session.

The institutes also aquainted the HRD minister with the steps taken by them to implement the quota.

The meeting also discussed the requirement of additional sanctioned posts in the institutions and increase in the number of total seats besides holding deliberations on the vacant teaching posts.

About 20 per cent of the sanctioned posts in the central universities are lying vacant at present.

The UGC has set up empowered committees for each central univeristy to implement the quota. These committees are also reviewing the progress from time to time.