WB govt announces reservation for OBCs in higher education
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Last Updated: Thursday, December 23, 2010, 22:07
Kolkata: The West Bengal government has decided to reserve 17 per cent seats for OBCs in its colleges, Minister for Higher Education Sudershan Roychowdhury said on Thursday.

The government has decided on principle altogether 17 per cent of seats would be reserved for OBC 'A' and 'B' categories in state-run and state-aided degree colleges, Roychowdhury said, making a statement in the Assembly.

In the 2011-12 academic year, there will be an overall reservation of 10 per cent -- five per cent of OBC 'A' and five per cent for OBC 'B'.

The remaining seven per cent reservation would be introduced in the academic year 2012-13 -- five per cent for OBC 'A' and two per cent for OBC 'B,' he said.

Roychowdhury said that while introducing the reservation, care will be taken to ensure there is no cut in the number of seats for students of other categories.

In institutions where the syllabus and the number of seats is determined by bodies like the AICTE, the MCI or universities or any other statutory authorities, their permission would be taken to increase the number of seats so that students of other categories were not deprived, he said.


First Published: Thursday, December 23, 2010, 22:07

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