New Delhi: The percentage of OBC students among new entrants in IIMs, IITs and Central universities has increased in 2010-11 over the previous year, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Friday.
Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said during Question Hour that the percentage of OBC students among new entrants in IIMs and IITs in 2010-11 was 23.05 per cent and 23.61 per cent respectively, against 14.52 per cent and 20.38 per cent in 2009-10.
Similarly, the percentage of OBC students among new entrants in Central universities increased to 19.09 per cent in 2010-11 from 13.52 per cent in the previous year.
Sibal also said the total percentage of OBC students "currently enrolled in IITs, IIMs and Central universities is 18.98 per cent, 24.3 per cent and 14.2 per cent respectively."
He also said the government has allocated an additional Rs 2,166.89 crore to Central universities and Rs 4,227.46 crore to centrally funded technical institutions for 54 per cent capacity expansion in each of the central institutions to provide OBC quota without reducing general category seats.
Sibal said the government has also decided to amend the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admissions) Act, 2006, to enhance the period of implementation of 27 per cent reservations for OBC in central institutions, from 3 to 6 years.
The amendment would also ensure that even in the central institutions located in the north eastern states and those located in areas covered under 6th Schedule of the Constitution, OBC reservations are provided to the extent possible, he added.