Moily proposes different dose for different institution  

NEW DELHI :  Its official now. The Veerappa Moily Committee has recommended different road-map for different institutions in order to impleament 27 per cent reservation for OBCs in Higher Education institutions.

The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), the All India Institute of Medical Sciences and the Indian Institute of Science will implement 9 per cent quotas each year beginning 2007-8 and ending 2009-2010 to reach the goal of 27 per cent. In other words, the capacity expansion each year will be 18 per cent (9% for OBCs and 9% for general).
 

For the Indian Institutes of Management, however, there is no one formula to implement the 27 per cent quotas: IIM Kolkata will implement just 3 per cent in the first academic year while IIM Lucknow will start with 8 per centa.

There will be no reduction in general category seats as equal number of seats will be increased commensurate to the seats reserved. All institutions will have to implement 27 per cent quotas in three

years, that is by 2009-10, so they will make up in the next two years.

All 27 per cent in one go will be implemented in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences in Central universities, including Delhi University, JNU, Vishwa Bharati, BHU, Jamia Millia Islamia and Allahabad University. For streams like Sciences and Commerce, it will be 13.5 per cent in 2007-08 and the balance next year.

As with the IITs, the 9 per cent per-year-for-three-years regime will be followed by the Indian School of Mines (Dhanbad), School of Planning and Architecture (New Delhi). The National Institutes of Technology (NITs), previously known as Regional Engineering Colleges, will implement quotas ranging from 9 - 13.5% in the first year.

Among medical colleges, besides AIIMS, Safdarjung Hospital, Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and Lady Hardinge Medical College in Delhi, PGI (Chandigarh), JIPMER (Pondicherry) and NIMHANS (Bangalore) will put in 9 per cent OBC quotas each year.

And, in case of agricultural colleges, including Indian Agricultural Research Institute (Pusa) and National Dairy Research Institute (Karnal), they will put in 9 per cent in 2007-08 and 18 per cent the next year.

The panel’s formula, arrived after almost five months of debates and discussion, is expected to provoke debate on the quota implementation once again as pro-quota votaries have wanted implementation in one go.

Right now, the roadmap deals only with aided institutions as the Bill has been referred to the Standing Committee for consideration.

And while it has not dealt with educational institutions in nursing, dentistry, paramedical services, design, mass communication and several others, it has given a cue to the respective Union Ministries to follow the roadmap set out by the committee.

 The committee also made a path-breaking decision in a bid to attract better faculty from the private sector, despite stiff opposition from Finance Ministry and Planning Commission: “Once an academic institution becomes financially independent in terms of recurring expenditure, it will be free to decide the salary structure of the faculty members.”

Moily skips 'creamy layer' issue, lays out 3-year plan

NEW DELHI : The Veerappa Moily committee has skipped the tricky politically volatile "creamy layer" issue and suggested a review of all reservation schemes in educational institutions every five years.

The committee which was set up to chart out the roadmap for implementation of the newly introduced OBC quota in Central educational institutions, has in its final report released on September 27, recommended  setting up of three more IIMs along with more IIT-type institutions.

Called Oversight Committee, the panel has, just like the Bill on reservations in aided institutions, recommended a three-year timeframe for rolling out the OBC quota in Central institutions, overruling IIM-Ahmedabad and IIM-Indore, which had asked for four years to implement the reservation scheme.

It has called for a Rs 17,200-crore package to fund the infrastructure upgrade and recommended huge private investment so that there is no decline in general-category seats.

"In order to retain the general seats intact after giving 27 per cent reservation to OBCs, 54 per cent seat expansion would be needed which can be done at the rate of 18 per cent every year for three years," Moily told reporters. The panel has also recommended a hike in scholarships for students.

The proposal to set up three new IIMs should come as a relief to the droves eager to have seats in the business schools bearing the prestigious tag. As for IIT-type institutions, HRD ministry has already decided to give this status to nearly 10 National Institutes of Technology.

Explaining the roadmap, Moily said: "Implementation will begin in 2007-08 and no institution will slip out over and above three years. During our consultations with heads of various institutions, we found that staggered implementation is the best way.

The Creamy Layer

The Committee has decided to leave the issue of creamy layer to the government. Moily told reporters: "Although we said in the interim report that we would take a view on the issue in the final report, we are not making any reference."

The Committee's decision to leave the creamy layer issue untouched assumes importance in view of divergent views expressed by political parties. While CPI (M) favoured exclusion of creamy layer in the quota regime, UPA's southern allies like DMK and PMK strongly advocated its inclusion.

The meeting, which lasted for over eight hours, also completed its final report which would be submitted to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

"Implementation will commence in 2007-08 and no institution will slip out over and above three years," the former Karnataka Chief Minister said.

Moily, who had held a series of consultations last month with academicians in finalising the report, had indicated earlier that the implementation of the 27 per cent quota was possible only in a staggered manner.

"We have left the creamy layer issue to the Government. Though we said in the interim report that we would take a view on the issue in the final report, we are not making any reference [to it]," Mr. Moily said. The committee estimated that the new reservation regime would cost the exchequer Rs. 17,200 crore over the next Five-Year Plan.HOME

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