IITs To Offer 500 Seats From Next Academic Year For EWS Quota; To Fully Implement It In Next Two Years

Swarajya Staff

Apr 03, 2019, 05:11 PM | Updated 05:11 PM IST

IIT Kharagpur main building (image via wikipedia)
IIT Kharagpur main building (image via wikipedia)

As part of Center’s 10 per cent reservations in jobs and educational institutions for the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS), the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) will offer 500 seats to the eligible candidates from the upcoming academic year, reports Hindustan Times.

There are 23 IITs in the country as of now.

In a move to promote social equality, the Centre had come up a 10 per cent reservation quota for the economically weaker sections of upper classes without disturbing the existing quotas for the SCs, STs and OBCs.

The HRD Ministry has asked educational institutions to add more seats to accommodate the quota.

IIT Delhi will implement 5.6 per cent EWS quota, IIT Madras and IIT Kharagpur are planning 4 per cent and 3 per cent respectively from the next academic year.

Citing the requirement of added infrastructure to fully implement the quota, the institutions are of the opinion that it will take around two years to completely implement the quota.

As per the JEE (Advanced) 2019 information brochure uploaded by IIT Roorkee, on its website; the top 2,45,000 candidates from the JEE (Main) would be eligible for the JEE (Advanced) this year. This includes 9,310 candidates for the General-EWS category and 490 for the General-EWS-PwD (physically disabled) category.

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