Upper reservation to increase seats in colleges, but will the government increase the budget?

Jul 04 2019 11:43 AM
Upper reservation to increase seats in colleges, but will the government increase the budget?

New Delhi: Ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Modi government had given a big gift to the economically weaker sections in the form of 10 % reservation. With the implementation of the system, it was decided to increase the number of seats in all the higher educational institutions run by the central government. It is now expected that in the General Budget, the government may take initiatives on a separate scholarship scheme or fund allocation for poor students.

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It is worth mentioning here that Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present the General Budget on July 5. This will be the first general budget of the Modi government 2.0. Earlier in February, the Ministry of Human Resource Development had ordered an increase of 25% seats in higher educational institutions and universities to ensure immediate implementation of the upper reservation.

The decision is expected to increase by about 3 lakh seats in other central universities and institutions, including the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Indian Institute of Management (IIM), National Institute of Technology (NIT).

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While the IITs are expected to generate 5,000 new seats by 2021, the IIMs are also projected to increase by about 800 seats. Colleges provide for the admission of more than 9 lakh students in all institutions before reservation for the upper castes is implemented. This includes seats in IITs, IIMs, Indian Institutes of Science, National Institute of Technology, all Central Universities, Central Open Universities, Government Colleges, Deemed Universities and colleges receiving funds.

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