The Centre has sanctioned an additional amount of Rs 4,315.15 crore for implementation of the 10% quota for the economically weak among the general category across 158 centrally funded higher education institutions
In addition to the 1.18 lakh seats that had been added in these institutions in 2019, which include the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), there will be another 95,783 seats to be added in the 2020-21 admission cycle.
The money has been released to the institutions for the two-phased EWS quote implementation which includes scholarships, salaries of teachers and infrastructure creation.
According to a senior HRD official, “The institutions have nearly completed the implementation of the first phase of the EWS quota. The universities sent their proposals to the ministry. After studying the proposals, the government sanctioned the additional fund to facilitate the implementation of the reservation.”
In the 2020-21 academic year, there will be 4,320 more seats across 23 IITs and 743 additional seats in the IIMs. The 40 central universities will add close to 27,000 seats. IGNOU, which has already added 70,000 seats in the July cycle of admission, will add another 20,000 seats in December 2019 and 60,000 in 2020.
Of the total money sanctioned, a major portion will be used for creation of infrastructure. The government has sanctioned Rs 2,680.18 crore for the purpose, followed by Rs 917.14 crore for scholarships.