IITs mulling introducing EWS quota gradually

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29 Jan 2019

This year, IITs could introduce 5% EWS reservation; IIMs unsure

The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are likely to implement the recently announced 10% quota for economically weak sections (EWS) of the general category in a gradual manner.

The IITs will start by reserving 5% of seats under the EWS quota in the academic session 2019-2020, and are likely to increase that to 10% in the following academic session.

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MHRD

The MHRD had asked all institutes to submit requirements

The MHRD had asked all institutes to submit requirements

Earlier, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) had asked for details of seats and financial requirements of Centrally funded institutes for implementing the EWS quota, and the institutes were asked to submit their reports by January 31.

While the IITs have responded by saying that they will gradually implement the quota, the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) are unsure.

IIT-Delhi has confirmed the implementation of the quota

"The implementation will be in a phased manner with 5% this year, and the rest subsequently. Regarding financial requirements, the HRD Ministry has asked for details which we will finalize and submit the report by January 31," IIT-Delhi director V Ramgopal Rao confirmed to TOI.

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IIMs

Why IIMs might not implement the quota this year

The problem being faced by the IIMs is two-fold.

On one hand, the CAT application form has no option for applying under the EWS quota.

On the other hand, new IIMs have financial and infrastructural limitations that makes the addition of seats not feasible.

However, they have said that they will write to the MHRD regarding the quota implementation and their requirements.

What the higher education secretary had to say

Commenting on the quota implementation, higher education secretary R Subrahmanyam told TOI, "The institutes have been asked to submit the details of seats and requirements. We will take a call once we go through those. The government has given a two-year window for implementation."

Seats

Earlier, Prakash Javadekar had announced an increase in seats

Earlier, Prakash Javadekar had announced an increase in seats

Earlier this month, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar had announced that seats in colleges and universities (both private and government) across the country would be increased by 25% to ensure that the EWS quota does not affect seats that are already reserved under other categories.

He had also instructed institutes to implement the quota from the 2019-20 academic session.

Backstory

Backstory: The 10% EWS reservation quota recently became a law

To refresh your memory, a constitutional amendment was passed recently in both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha to allow for the new reservations over and above the SC mandated limit of 50% reservations.

The bill was passed with resounding support in both houses of the Parliament, and subsequently, President Ram Nath Kovind approved the bill, thereby making it a law.

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Who are exempted from the new quota?

Why was a constitutional amendment needed for introducing the EWS quota?

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Who are exempted from the new quota?

Asked 2019-01-29 13:20:29 by Vivaan Banerjee

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General category candidates who own over 5 acres of land, have residential plots exceeding 1000sqft, have plots of land more than 100 square yards in notified areas and plots of land more than 200 square yards in non-notified areas, and have family incomes exceeding Rs. 8 lakh per annum will be exempted from the quota.

Why was a constitutional amendment needed for introducing the EWS quota?

Asked 2019-01-29 13:20:29 by Hansika Verma

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The Indian Constitution did not allow for reservations in jobs and education based on economic conditions, and hence a constitutional amendment was needed.

How many votes the the constitutional amendment get in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha?

Asked 2019-01-29 13:20:29 by Tejas Saxena

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The constitutional amendment was passed in the Lok Sabha with 323 votes in favour and three against. In the Rajya Sabha, the amendment was passed with 165 ayes and seven nos.

What have Opposition parties said?

Asked 2019-01-29 13:20:29 by Hemant Mittal

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The Opposition has called the new quota an appeasement tactic ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

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