SC hearing on OBC quota in central universities


Staff member
New Delhi July 1:

The Supreme Court will, Friday, hear a petition on the criteria for admitting OBC candidates in central universities.

The petition, filed by former IIT Madras professor P V Indiresan, contends that there is confusion about whether cut-off for OBC candidates should be 10 percent less than that for general category or 10 percent less than the minimum eligibility criteria.

It also seeks a direction to the universities for implementation of the April 10, 2008 Supreme Court verdict which upheld the constitutional validity of the 27 percent quota for OBCs. The petition also seeks a stay on the September 7, 2010 Delhi HC order that fixed minimum eligibility criteria for OBC admission at maximum 10 percent below that for general category. Two premier central universities of the country — Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and Delhi University (DU) — are following different norms with regard to the quota for the OBC students.

While JNU is admitting OBC candidates who have secured 10% less marks than the eligibility marks fixed for general category candidates, DU goes by the cut-off criterion i.e. the difference in cut-off marks for an OBC candidate and a general candidate should not be more than 10% for quota consideration. As a result, many OBC seats remain vacant and ultimately go to the general category candidates.