Seeking a wider political consensus on the OBC quota issue, the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs on Wednesday decided to consult the UPA-Left Coordination Committee before allowing central institutions of higher education, including the IIMs, to start admissions, on the same pattern as last year.
Earlier in the day, HRD Minister Arjun Singh met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and spoke to UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and other UPA leaders. “As the decision to put admissions on hold was a collective one, we want a collective decision on allowing admissions also,” Singh told reporters.
A consensus, however, will be difficult to find because of the opposition of UPA allies such as the Rashtriya Janata Dal and DMK, which have problems with the ministry’s formula for admissions.
The HRD Ministry wants admissions to start in all educational institutions on last year’s pattern. And the OBC quota seats will be filled when the issue is settled by the Supreme Court.