Over 10 lakh additional seats are likely to be created across all higher education institutes in India after constitutional amendment to implement 10 percent reservation for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) among upper castes.
An assessment by the Central Government revealed that IITs, IIMs, central universities, state government institutes and private universities have to increase student intake to fulfill additional quota obligation.
As per the Government sources, the current annual student intake across all higher education institutes in India is about one crore and accordingly, 10 lakh additional seats would be needed.
Institute are yet to work out on the modalities of implementing the revised quota. Over 180 institutes including IIMs, 23 IITs, 91 institutes of national importance, eight research-based institutes such as IISc Bangalore and IISERs, 41 central universities, deemed to be universities, and other private universities will come under the quota regime.
As per the All-India Survey on Higher Education, 2017-18, in total, there are 903 universities, 39,050 colleges and 10,011 standalone institutions which will be needed to increase their seats as per the amendment.