THE OVERSIGHT Committee, formed to chalk out a road map for implementation of the 27 per cent OBC quota in central educational institutions, has sought a review of the reservation policy every five or 10 years. But it has remained silent on the contentious issue of creamy layer -- those from backward classes, but economically sound.
In its report finalised on Wednesday, the committee headed by Veerappa Moily has also recommended that higher education be taken to the backward areas of the country. For this, it wants three more IIMs, institutes like IITs and medical colleges in those areas.
The panel also wants the government to start new scholarships to encourage students from backward classes to pursue higher education.
It has recommended the creation of new infrastructure in central educational institutions to admit the additional load of 54 per cent students from next year. The report tells how the institutes should plan to implement the 27 per cent OBC quota within three years. The committee has also revised the financial package needed to implement the quota from Rs 16,500 crore to Rs 17,200 crore.
The committee decided to leave the issue of creamy layer to the government. Moily told reporters: "Although we said in the interim report that we will take a view on the issue in the final report, we are not making any reference."