IITs May Start 5 Per cent EWS Quota from This Academic Session

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The Ministry of Human Resources Development has asked the centrally funded institutes to submit details of seats and financial requirements before January 31.

The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) may start implementing the 10 per cent quota for economically weaker sections provided under the recently passed Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill 2019 from the upcoming academic session.

However, the institutes plan to implement the quota in a phased manner, starting with 5 per cent in the 2019-20 academic session. This will be expanded to 10 per cent reservation from next year, the Times of India reported.

Meanwhile, Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), especially the new ones, are likely to seek exemption from implementing the EWS quota this year.

The Ministry of Human Resources Development has asked the centrally funded institutes to submit details of seats and financial requirements before January 31.

V Ramgopal, Director, IIT-Delhi, also informed TOI that the EWS quota will be implemented in a phased manner from this year. “Regarding financial requirements, the HRD ministry has asked for details which we will finalise and submit the report by January 31,” he said.

No infrastructure for additional numbers, say IIMs

But the IIMs are not sure if they will be able to roll out the 10 per cent EWS reservation in the upcoming academic session.

“The new IIMs will find it difficult as our infrastructure is still not in place and any additional numbers may not be feasible. But we are deliberating on a number of issues including financial and infrastructure requirement. We are going to write to the Ministry with our requirements,” the director of one of the new IIMs told the daily.

The IIMs also cited the absence of the option of an “economically weaker section” box on the CAT application form as another issue.