Friday, June 20, 2008
Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) are struggling to get candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes (OBC).Seven existing IITs will admit 9% OBC candidates and six new institutes will implement the full 27% OBC reservation from this year. This is the first year when the IITs are implementing the OBC reservation.The engineering institutes shortlisted 13.1% OBC students from the general category this year. In three years, all IITs will roll out the full 27% quota for OBC candidates.This year, there are 654 seats across the 13 IITs that have been reserved for OBC candidates. Each of the existing seven IITs is rolling out 9% OBC reservation this year; moreover, the six new IITs have set aside 33 seats (27% of 120 seats) for OBC candidates as they are implementing the entire reservation from this year.The IITs determine the non-creamy layer students on the basis of the parameters followed by the Centre. The annual income ceiling for non-creamy candidates according to the Centre is Rs 2.5 lakh.