The newly introduced 10 per cent quota for EWS (Economically Weaker Sections) of the society would be applicable during admissions in higher education institutions from the academic year 2019-20.
According to the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD), all the 40,000 colleges and 900 universities – government as well as private – will implement this reservation.
This 10 per cent quota for EWS will be over and above the existing quotas for SCs, STs and OBCs and general seats, said an official statement.
Creating Seats For 10 Per Cent Quota For EWS
Adequate seats in the colleges and universities will be created in order to implement the 10 per cent quota for EWS.
Nearly 25 per cent seats will be added to ensure that the reservation does not disturb the existing quota for SC, ST and other categories.
Additionally, the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) will be provided the operational mandate within a week to implement the quota.
The modalities are being worked out and within a week’s time we will have the exact number of seats that will be added. The operation manuals about how to implement the quota will be issued soon.
– Prakash Javadekar, MHRD
Further, the colleges and universities will also be asked to mention the quota in their prospectus and make infrastructural arrangements according to it, he added.
The 124th Constitution Amendment Bill
The amendment seeks to provide 10 per cent reservation in educational institutions and government for people belonging to families that earn less than Rs. 8 lakh a year or do not possess more than five acres of land.
The reservation is in addition to the existing reservations for the lower castes and backward classes.
Gujarat First To Implement The New Quota
The state of Gujarat had decided to implement 10 per cent quota for EWS in government jobs for poor sections in the general category from 14 January 2019.
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said that the decision would be applicable to ongoing recruitment processes only in which although advertisements have been published but the first stage of examination is yet to be held.