The Indian Association of OBC Students (AIOBCSA) has requested the central government to offer reservations to students belonging to other backward classes (OBCs) in universities and agricultural colleges at state level. In a letter written to Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar, the student body pointed out that students from SC and ST communities get reservations at Central and National Agricultural Universities, however, for OBC students, booking is limited. only at central universities.
The student body says that every year 605 undergraduate, 569 postgraduate and 209 doctoral level places are lost because state agricultural universities do not offer reservation.
The student body said the OBC quota, like the SC and ST reserves, should also be extended to state-level universities and agricultural colleges “to establish equality and social justice.”
“We request to take necessary measures to implement the 27% OBC reserve in the AIQ seats of central and national agricultural institutions in agriculture and related courses,” the letter said.
In all Indian quotas, 15% and 7.5% of seats are reserved for SC and ST candidates in national and central level agricultural institutes, however, reservation of OBC candidates is limited to central universities only, says the letter requesting the extension of the 27% OBC reservation to state agricultural universities enrolling students on the basis of ICAR AIEE – the entrance examination for undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral courses in state agricultural universities.
Last year, the Union Department of Health announced that it would implement booking laws aimed at both Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) as part of All India Quota System (AIQ) for undergraduate and postgraduate medical and dental courses from 2021. -22. The OBC quota request to the AIQ had been raging in the courts and outside for some years.
AIOBCSA had earlier sent letters to 542 Loksbaha members and 237 Rajyasabha members asking them to increase the demand for carrying out the 2021 Caste Census in Parliament. AIOBCSA believes that reliable data is needed to improve the social, educational and economic status of people in the OBC category. Several state assemblies including Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Maharastra, Tamil Nadu and Telangana passed the resolutions and urged the Union government to carry out the caste census.
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