The Gujarat University on Wednesday announced to implement 10 per cent quota in admission for students belonging to the economically backward classes (EBCs) with effect from the current academic year.
The EBC quota is over and above the existing reservations for SCs, STs and OBCs.
An ordinance to this effect was passed by the state cabinet in the last week of April and a gazette notification of it was published on May 1.
The government had taken the initiative on the demand from Patidar Anamat Anadolan Samiti(PAAS) and Sardar Patel Group(SPG) agitating for reservation for Patidar community in government jobs and admissions in higher educational institutions.
The EBC quota is for economically backward students from non-reserved categories, irrespective of caste and creed, if the annual income of their parents does not exceed Rs 6 lakh.
With this announcement, the total percentage of reserved seats went upto 60 per cent.
Speaking to mediapersons, vice-chancellor MN Patel said a separate merit list for EBC students would be prepared like those of other reserved categories and admissions would be given strictly on merit.
With this announcement, GU became the first government institution to declare the implementation of EBC quota.
When pointed out that supreme court had in a judgement ruled that reservation cannot exceed 50 per cent, Patel said there were many states where reservation was for more than 50 per cent seats.
Asked if he had received any written order from the government to this effect, he said :“The ordinance has already been notified and we are bound to follow it”.
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As for income proof, Patel said that intially, they would accept the income certificate issued from district collectorates for urban students. For agriculturists and other rural people, he said the income proof issued by `talati’ and endorsed by mamlatdar would be valid for admissions.