In the circular released by the University Grants Commission (UGC), the commission has notified the government and private colleges to increase seat-matrix by 25%. The major impact will be seen in the Delhi University (DU) in which 54 colleges are offering admission for the academic year 2019-21. All the affiliated colleges need to send the seat matrix and financial requirement details latest by January 31, 2019.
The increase in the seat matric is going to be implemented to accommodate the 10% reservation to the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS). The implementation of the new scheme will have no impact on the seats of other reserved categories. Seats will be increased in all IIT, NITs. IIITs, central universities except for 8 Institution of excellence, research institution, and institution of national & strategic importance.
This is the second time that seat share will increase in Delhi University. The first time, the seats were spiked in the year 2007 when the reservation for Other Backward Class (OBC) was implemented. This implementation not only benefitted the students but also the recruitment for faculty and staff. So, it is likely that the increase in the seats this year will benefit both students and faculty.
Last year, 70637 students were admitted to the undergraduate courses in which 41514, 16134, 9474, 2714, and 801 were from general, OBS, SC, ST, and PwD category respectively. If the scheme is implemented to accommodate 10% quota then 35671, 19072, 10596, and 5298 seats will be increased for general, OBC, SC, and, ST candidates respectively.
Once all the data is collected by UGC, then the commission will release implementation modalities by March 31, 2019. It will include details of seat matrix. Once the details are out, universities need to add and update reservation and seat details in the information brochure and official website. Colleges also need to look at the admission process, how will they conduct admission 2019 with a new process.
Previously, in the latest move, 10% seats were allocated to EWS among the forward caste in the centrally funded higher education institutions. The new seat reservation was for the candidates who are economically backward among the general candidates. The next move was the increase in the share of seats in all the aided as well as unaided educational institutions. Approximately there are 40,000 colleges in 900 Universities with a total of over 4 crore seats.
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