The Haridwar-based Trust is among the private players that have responded to the ‘Expression of Interest’ (EoI), released by Maharshi Sandipani Rashtriya Vedavidya Pratishthan (MSRVP) on February 11, inviting applications for setting up the Bharatiya Shiksha Board (BSB).
Currently, the Commission’s autonomy is not absolute since it is still dependent, although indirectly, on the government for funds and the fate of two of the three commissioners also rests with the Centre.
The 10 per cent quota for Economical Weaker Sections (EWS) in general category was approved by the Union Cabinet on January 7 and its implementation across all central institutions was officially notified by HRD Ministry on January 17.
“We will issue an Expression of Interest soon and our effort is to have counsellors in place by the time the new academic session begins in April. The initiative will be reviewed after a year,” said a senior official involved in the exercise.
SC has upheld an HC order directing the UGC to change the way it implements SC/ST/OBC reservations in university teaching jobs. What is the key question in this matter, and what impact will the change have?
According to sources, the Unaided Private Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Bill, 2019, will implement what was envisaged by the 93rd amendment and 103rd amendment to the Constitution in 2006 and this year, respectively.
This is in sharp contrast to the UPA government’s introduction of 27 per cent reservation for OBC students in 2006. At that time, the CEIs were assured of financial aid for building additional infrastructure.
Institutions run by the Centre will have to increase their student strength by almost 25 per cent in order to accommodate the EWS reservation without affecting the current number of SC, ST, OBC and general category seats.
The Bhartiya Shiksha Board, sources said, will be established with the objective of standardising Vedic education. Like any school board, it will draft syllabus, conduct examinations and issue certificates.