As ordered by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, all centrally funded institutions, in order to implement 10% quota for EWS category, will be adding 1.2 lakh seats from the next academic session starting July.
The Central Institutions were instructed by the Minister of HRD Ministry Prakash Javadekar to increase their intake by 25% in over two years without hampering the SC/ST/OBC reservations.
On January 31, the institutions proposed the cost of implementing the new quota, quoted it to be ₹5600 crore.
Out of ₹5600 crore, ₹3830 crore will be allocated to building new infrastructure and ₹723 crore for providing salaries to the new recruitments.
After the institutions proposed their costs, it was reported that the proposal was passed on to the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment for approval, and they proposed, which got also approved by Union Cabinet, that the cost for enhancing infrastructure should be borne by the institutions from the additional revenue generated by them by increasing the seat intake, hence should not seek financial assistance from the government.
However, it was reported that during the announcement of the Interim Budget 2019, ₹4200 crore was allocated for implementing 10% quota for the Economically Weaker Section category under the general category.
As ordered by MHRD, it was observed IIT’s are increasing their intake by 6708 seats, with 2338 this year and rest next year. Likewise, IIM’s will be increasing their intake by 620 seats this year and 743 next year. The total number of intake being increased by central institutions is 47,223 seats.