By this month-end, the HRD ministry expects to finalise the roadmap for implementation of 27 per cent OBC quota from the next academic year. HRD minister Arjun Singh said the government would implement quota as soon as possible.
The HRD ministry is calling IIM and IIT directors to discuss the roadmap next week. The University Grants Commission has decided to call a meeting of all Central University vice-chancellors to discuss OBC quota implementation later this month. According to ministry officials, the heads of Central institutions of higher learning have been asked to come with the final plan on how they propose to implement the 27 per cent quota in a staggered manner.
Most educational institutions have told the HRD ministry that implementing the quota in two years would be a difficult proposition as not much work has been done on infrastructure up-gradation in absence of requisite funds. “We expect to implement seven to eight percent quota in the first year,” an official at IIM-Ahmedabad said.
Considering the preparedness of the institutions, the full rollout of OBC reservation may take three years for implementation from the next academic year. Incidentally, the OBC reservation law had given three years for implementation after its notification last year. The University Grants Commission will be disbursing Rs 872 crore to the Central Universities to augment its capacity this year to implement quota. “There are three months to make arrangements and I feel the universities are geared up to implement quota,” UGC chairperson Professor S K Thorat told HT.
All the Central Universities have already submitted detailed project reports for capacity building to implement 27 per cent quota. “Now the work has to start,” a UGC official said.
The Oversight Committee on quota implementation has suggested implementation in humanities, social sciences and arts in two years and sciences in three years.
HRD ministry officials said the government is mostly likely to extent the creamy layer applicable to OBC reservation in jobs to education. “The court may have asked to conduct a fresh survey but it validated the 1993 notification on creamy layer. Therefore, we can use the present concept creamy layer to implement 27 per cent OBC quota,” he said.