OBC quota should be filled up fully: students’ body

April 19th, 2008 - 7:06 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) A student body Saturday urged the government to frame guidelines to accommodate ‘creamy layer’ students of the Other Backward Classes if other OBC students do not fill up the 27 percent reserved quota. “We would urge the government to frame guidelines to ensure that 27 percent of the OBC quota is filled up. If the government fails to do so, the reserved seats for OBCs would never be filled completely,” said Vikas Bajpai, a member of the Progressive Medicos and Scientists’ Forum (PMSF).

“The benefit of reservations should first be given to the students belonging to non-creamy layers,” he said, adding the government must ensure that the criteria for ‘creamy layer’ should not become a tool to derail the provision for reservations.

While upholding the law on reservation for OBC students in government-aided higher education institutions, the Supreme Court last week said the ‘creamy layer’ or the elite among the OBCs would be excluded from the quota.

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