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Quota hike may be delayed

The quota for OBCs in centrally funded higher-education institutions is unlikely to be enforced from the 2006-07, writes Chetan Chauhan.

india Updated: May 11, 2006 00:56 IST

The quota for OBCs in centrally funded higher-education institutions -- if at all it comes -- is unlikely to be enforced from the 2006-07 academic year. Reasons: the deadlines for admission are getting closer and the government wants wider consultation before going ahead with the proposal.

Sources say the draft reservation bill may reach the Group of Ministers for wider consultation. "It is one of the possibilities," a top government functionary told HT, adding that the bill is being referred for cabinet consideration.

The need for consultation is mainly because of the controversy the proposal has created -- protests by students and resistance from within the government. Even the National Knowledge Commission is not in favour. After a meeting with the PM on Wednesday, panel chief Sam Pitroda said: "We conveyed to the PM the commission's views on quota. There is no change in our stand."

Even as the government continues to face heat over the issue, Maharashtra has gone ahead with a similar decision on quota. The state cabinet on Wednesday cleared 50 per cent reservation for SCs, STs and OBCs in private educational institutions offering vocational courses. An ordinance will be sent to governor for approval and a bill will be tabled in the monsoon session of the assembly.

First Published: May 11, 2006 00:56 IST

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