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OBC reservation to cover all private institutes

Even private unaided technical institutes and medical colleges would come under the ambit of the new law, reports Chetan Chauhan.

india Updated: Nov 07, 2006 19:54 IST

The 27 per cent OBC reservation may not be restricted only to Deemed Universities. Even private unaided technical institutes and medical colleges would come under the ambit of the new law, likely to be tabled in the winter session of the Parliament.

In the draft bill for 49.5 per cent reservation — 27 per cent for OBCs, 15 per cent for Scheduled Castes and 7.5 for Scheduled Tribes —in unaided higher educational institutes, the HRD ministry has covered all higher education private educational institutions under the ambit of the bill.

Academicians privy to the contents of the bill say, the institutes under All Indian Council for Technical Education and Medical Council of India would also have to follow the new reservation policy. “Many technical educational institutes are associated with affiliating universities and by this they will also come under the reservation regime,” a government official said.

They term the move as an attempt to bring private educational institutions under strict government control. The bill envisages to control admissions, fee structure and quality of education. For this, the bill proposed to constitute a regulator, who will also grade the institutes as per the facilities available.

Vesting of vast powers with the government has been resisted by Planning Commission Vice-Chairperson Montek Singh Aluwalia and Commerce Minister Kamal Nath in the GoM, source said.

They have instead suggested that the institutions should be allowed to voluntarily adopt one of the several models available for implementation of the law. Giving example of Karnataka, an official said, the state government and private educational institutions have worked out some models to implement reservation. The Karnataka model does not enforce strict fee regulations and admissions controls.

The HRD ministry officials, however, said that the issue was being discussed in the Group of Ministers headed by External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukerjee. The ministry has started the consultation process with the institutes but only seven of the 60 Deemed Universities participated in the meeting. Now, the ministry is seeking views of the State governments on the issue.

The ministry has already introduced a bill for 27 per cent OBC reservation in the Parliament, which is now being discussed by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on HRD. The committee would submit its report in the winter session of the Parliament.

Email : Chetan@hindustantimes.com