New Delhi, May 16 (IANS) Parliament Wednesday passed a bill which will give higher education institutions three more years to fill up the 27 percent seats reserved for other backward classes (OBCs).
The Lok Sabha passed the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Amendment Bill, 2012 Wednesday after the Rajya Sabha passed it April 28.
Besides 27 percent quota for OBCs, the national policy provides for reservation of 15 percent seats for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and 7.5 percent seats for Scheduled Tribes (STs).
According to the bill, if there are central educational institutions in a tribal area, the state seats in those institutions will have reservation for SCs, STs and OBCs.
The bill says that if the total number of reserved seats exceed 50 percent, there would be no reservation for the OBCs and the total percentage of reserved sets will be reduced to 50 percent in all areas except the specified northeast region.
The implementation of the act started in 2008 and will now extend till 2014. Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal moved the motion to pass the amendment bill.