Govt Announces 10% Quota for Economically Weaker Students

Union Minister for HRD Prakash Javadekar (file photo)
Union Minister for HRD Prakash Javadekar (file photo)

India’s Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister, Prakash Javadekar, said in New Delhi on Tuesday that the Government has decided that from the academic year 2019-20, 10 percent Economically Weaker Section (EWS) quota will be implemented across 40,000 colleges and 900 universities in the country. This 10 percent quota for EWS will be over and above the existing quotas for SCs, STs, OBCs, and general seats.

Adequate additional seats will be created in these colleges and universities to implement the quota for EWS. The UGC and AICTE will be provided the operational mandate within a week to implement the quota.

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Javadekar also informed that the Government has approved proposal to extend the 7th CPC (Central Pay Commission) to the teachers and other academic staff of the state government and government-aided degree level technical institutions in the country, which will have additional Central Government liability of Rs. 1241.78 crore.

He said that the Central Government will reimburse 50% of the total additional expenditure (from 1.1.2016 to 31.3.2019) to be incurred by these institutes for payment of arrears on account of 7th CPC implementation.

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This will directly benefit a total of 29,264 teachers and other academic staff of State Government funded institutes. Besides, about 3.5 lakh teachers and other academic staff of private colleges / institutions within the purview of AICTE will also benefit from the approval, he added.

The Minister said that the implementation of pay commission recommendation in State Government-Aided / -funded AICTE-approved technical institutes will help them in attracting and retaining the faculty of high academic standards.

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