More Seats In Iits, Iims, Delhi University Under Reservation For Economically Weak


Last week, Union
Minister for Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar had announced that
the new 10% quota for the economically weaker sections would mean an increase of
25% seats in higher educational institutions and universities across the
country. In other words, this will reportedly add up to three lakh seats in
centrally-funded institutions, since the government had clarified that more
seats would be introduced to accommodate the new quota instead of fitting it in
the existing reservation matrix.

“We are expecting
an increase from 2.5 lakh to 3 lakh seats, which is going to be rolled out in
two phases. The first phase is the 2019-20 academic session and the second one
will be the subsequent academic calendar,” higher education secretary

R. Subrahmanyam told The
Times of India.

institutions currently encompass the IITs, NITs, IISc, IIMs, central
universities, central open universities, deemed universities, government
colleges and government-aided colleges, which collectively account for around
9.3 lakh seats. “The new reservation will be implemented in 40,000
colleges across 900 universities in the country from this academic year,”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced last week.

By 2021, the number of
seats in IITs will increase by over 5,100, the NITs will add about 4,500 seats
and the IIMs will add around 800. Large universities like Delhi University will
add over 16,000 seats while the likes of Visva Bharati and JNU will offer an
additional 822 and 346 seats, respectively, the daily added.

Eventually, unaided
institutions will also implement the poor quota – the government is reportedly
already working on the bylaws for private institutions to enable this. As per
the All India Survey on Higher Education 2017-18, India boasted 25,383 private
affiliated colleges, 343 private universities and 6,700 stand-alone private
educational institutes.

According to
Subrahmanyam, the increase has to be capped at 25% so as not to jeopardise the
existing number and percentage of seats of other categories. The reservation
system already sets aside 27% of seats and jobs for Other Backward Classes
(OBCs), 15% for the Scheduled Castes (SCs) and 7.5% for the Scheduled Tribes

Institutions have
reportedly started preparing their seat matrix and financial requirements on
receiving letters from the MHRD and UGC, and the final seat increase will
depend on their submissions.

Reported by Business Today

~Preksha Mishra

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