More seats for SC, ST students at central universities
18 Jun 2010, 0301 hrs IST,ET Bureau
NEW DELHI: The government has cleared amendments to Central Education
Institutions (reservations in admission) Act, 2006 that will allow
central educational institutions to give higher reservation to SC and
ST students than what is stipulated under law.
As per the clearance given by the cabinet on Thursday, these
universities could also get exemption from implementing 27% quota for
OBCs in admission as required under the Act and instead give higher
reservation to SC and ST students.
These universities, most of which are located in the North-East, will
be able to continue with 15% reservation for STs even though the CEI
Act stipulates 7.5% reservation for them. The CEI (Amendment) Bill
2010 will be introduced in the coming session of Parliament,
information and broadcasting minister Ambika Soni said.
In another decision, the cabinet allowed the Council for Scientific
and Industrial Research (CSIR) to start an academy that will enable it
to award post-graduate and doctoral degrees from this year.
The CSIR will set up an Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research
(AcSIR). Currently, scientists pursuing research in any of the 37
laboratories of CSIR across the country have to register themselves at
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