The Government of Maharashtra's Education Minister Ashish Shelar announced on Friday (28 June) that students from the Maratha community who had opted for general category while filling application form for admission to Class XI could opt for the Socially and Educationally Backward Class (SEBC) category, The Hindu.
The decision was made in the light that many of the students did not choose SEBC and EWS category in the form due to uncertainty over the court ruling and non-availability of income proof certificates.
Finally, yesterday the Bombay High Court upheld the reservation for Marathas in education and jobs in the state of Maharashtra. Thus, to facilitate the process to apply, the Minister Shelar extended the deadline for submission of applications from 29 June to 4 July.
Shelar said, “The SEBC and Economically Weaker Sections have 12% and 10% confirmed reservation respectively. Since, many students from these categories have filled forms from general category, large number of seats from these categories will remain vacant. So those who now want to take benefit of these categories can change their preference. All facilities will be made available to them for this."