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Oversight Committee on quota to meet tomorrow

The Committee, constituted by the Centre to look into the issue, will evolve a formula by Aug 31 deadline set for it.

india Updated: May 29, 2006 23:01 IST

The Oversight Committee on Reservation, set up by the Centre under the Chairmanship of former Karnataka Chief Minister M Veerappa Moily, would hold its maiden sitting in New Delhi on Tuesday.

"The committee will prepare a road map with a time-bound programme to implement 27 per cent reservation for OBCs without compromising merit and addressing apprehensions aired by students," Moily said here.

There is a need to undertake confidence building measures among those opposing reservation as they have apprehensions that the general quota would shrink and merit would be compromised by implementing reservation in elite institutions, said Moily, also Chairman of the Second Administrative Reforms Commission set up by the Centre.

"I am confident that a formula, which would be acceptable to all sections, could be evolved by the committee. It is possible to work out a formula," he said.

Moily said the committee, after studying the reports of the expert committee already constituted by the Government, would evolve a formula by the August 31 deadline set for it.

The expert groups have been asked to submit their reports to the Oversight Committee by July 31.

A new era of excellence would be ushered-in in the country in the higher education sector as the Government planned to spend Rs 6000 crore this year, Moily, who was responsible for evolving a foolproof Common Entrance Test (CET), for selection of students in professional courses in Karnataka, said.