Moving cautiously on the demand for OBC quota in private educational institutions, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal has said a consensus has to be evolved through consultations with all stakeholders on the issue which needs to be dealt with 'circumspection.'
He was asked whether government proposed to introduce reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBC) in private educational institutions. The government had in 2006 passed the OBC Reservation Bill, seeking 27 per cent quota for OBCs in Central Educational Institutions (CEIs). However, reservation could not be implemented that year as the matter was taken to the Supreme Court which gave its go ahead in 2008. At present the CEIs are implementing 27 % reservation for OBCs in a phased manner over a period of three years ending 2010-11.