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Selected CEIs can raise quota for ST, SC students

Certain central educational institutions will now be able to give reservation to more ST and SC students than what is stipulated under law.

New Delhi: Certain central educational
institutions will now be able to give reservation to more ST
and SC students than what is stipulated under law.

With the Union Cabinet, at a meeting chaired by Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday, clearing a proposal to amend
the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in
Admission) Act, these universities could get exemption from
implementing 27 per cent quota for OBCs in admission as
required under the Act.

These universities, most of which are located in the
North-East, will be able to continue with 15 per cent
reservation for STs even though the CEI (Reservation in
Admission) Act stipulates 7.5 per cent reservation for them.
The Cabinet approved certain amendments to Sections
2,3,4 and 5 of the 2006 Act.

The Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in
Admission) (Amendment ) Bill 2010 will be introduced in the
coming session of Parliament, Information and Broadcasting
Minister Ambika Soni told reporters.

The amendments are being brought safeguard interests
of the tribal population in far-flung and remote areas of the
North-Eastern States.

The amendment says that a CEI in the tribal areas will
be governed by the reservation policy of the concerned state
government in the matter of admissions of scheduled castes,
scheduled tribes and other backward classes.

"The amendment will provide a balance between the
local policy at state level and the national policy on
reservation. The amendments would ensure equity and
inclusiveness and meet the regional aspirations," Soni said.

These institutions are facing certain practical
difficulties in implementing the Act as their statutes already
provide for reservation of higher percentage than 15 per cent
of the seats for SCs or 7.5 per cent of the seats for STs.

The amendment also says that period for implementing
the CEI Act shall be enhanced to six years from three years,
as some of the CEIs are finding it difficult to adhere to the
said time limit for creation of the requisite physical and
academic infrastructure.

Difficulties were experienced by some of the CEIs,
particularly those situated in the north-eastern states
inhabited significantly by tribal population, and Babasaheb
Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow, which has been reserving
50 per cent seats for the scheduled castes and the scheduled


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