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Implementation of EWS quota likely to cost Rs 5,600 crore to Government

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Implementation of EWS quota likely to Rs 5,600 crore to Government

Implementation of 10 percent quota for EWS in all centrally-funded educational institutions including central universities, IITs, IIMs, NITs and IIITs will cost Rs 5,600 crore collectively (approximately) to the Government.

All institutes are required to add nearly 2.1 lakh seats in next two years. Around 1.2 lakh seats are to be added in the new academic session commencing from July this year and another 95,000 next year.

The Central Government has instructed the universities and institutions to increase their intake over two years without reducing the present number of seats for SC, ST, OBC and general category students.

As per the implementation plan shared by all central institutions, the biggest chunk of Rs 2,682 crore hasbeen sought by central universities, followed by the IITs (Rs 1,094 crore), and the NITs (Rs 1,001 crore).

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Of this, Rs 3,830 crore has been sought for building new infrastructure, Rs 723 crore for salaries on account of hiring more teachers, and the remaining for fellowships meant for the added intake.

Initially, Ministry of Human Resource Development prepared an estimate of around Rs 4,200 crore for implementing EWS reservation which was is much lesser than the institutions’ estimate.

As per the plans shared by the educational institutions, the collective increased intake of IITs is 6,708 seats of which 2,388 seats will be added this year, and remaining next year. Similarly, the IIMs will add 620 seats in July and 743 in 2020 whereas central universities will increase total intake by 47,223 over two years.

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