The Union Cabinet is likely to discuss and clear a bill on Monday providing 27 per cent reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in government-aided institutions of higher learning.
The legislation will cover aided institutions like IITs and IIMs, though the Human Resource Development Ministry has also prepared a draft bill regarding quotas in unaided universities, official sources said.
Backed by Left parties and allies DMK and PMK, Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh wants to implement quotas from the next academic year.
As the government wants the quota bill pertaining to aided institutions to be passed before Parliament's current session ends on August 25, the draft bill for quotas in unaided institutions, which is in circulation among various ministries, is likely to be taken up later.
This may follow the submission of the final report of the Oversight Committee headed by former Karnataka chief minister Veerappa Moily on August 31.
In its interim report the Oversight Committee said the implementation could be done in phases in view of certain issues and constraints expressed by the elite institutions.