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Mandal comes to IITs, IIMs

The Centre said on April 6 that 49.5 per cent of the total seats in IITs, IIMs and Central universities, including Delhi University, would be reserved for OBCs, SCs and STs. At present, 22.5 per cent seats are reserved for SCs (15%) and STs (7.5%) in these institutes.

The order to implement the reservation for OBCs will be announced after the elections in five states.

HRD Minister Arjun Singh said,"The Centre has taken a decision to implement reservation for OBCs as per the Mandal formula in all Central educational institutions. We are waiting for the elections to be over."

Asked if IITs and IIMs are part of the decision, he replied, "Yes, they are." He again nodded in affirmative, when asked if DU was also included among the Central universities where the quota regime is to be implemented.

On a question whether he anticipated trouble like the riots during Mandal Commission, Singh said,"We do not want social strife, we will take adequate measures."

"This was the logical conclusion of the passing of the 104th amendment Bill in the winter session," he added.

During the winter session last year, Parliament approved the 104th amendment to the Constitution setting the stage for the introduction of reservation in unaided educational institutions.

A new Clause 5 was inserted in Article 15 of the Constitution, which allowed for the advancement of socially and economically backward sections through special provisions for their admission to institutions, whether aided or unaided by the government.

Besides providing for reservation in unaided institutions, the states are expected to make individual laws that would decide on the percentage of quota for different categories and the fee structure.

Allaying fears of less seats for the general category students, Singh said, "We have asked the IIMs to increase their intake." The instruction, ministry officials said, had been passed to offset the impact of increased reservations.



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