Gujarat government had recently notified 10 percent reservation in government jobs and education for economically backward classes (EBC), irrespective of caste and creed. The candidates whose family income is within 6 lakh per year, fall into the category and are liable for 10 percent quota in both, government jobs and admission in educational institutes. The Gujarat Unreserved Economically Weaker Sections (Reservation of Seats in Educational Institutions in the State and of Appointments and Posts in Services under the State) Ordinance came into force on May 1, 2016.
The state’s largest university, Gujarat University, announced on Wednesday to implement the reservation quota from upcoming academic session. Gujarat University was established in the year 1949 under the Gujarat University Act and has more than 350 affiliated colleges with total 40 thousand seats in a wide range of courses. The university also announced additional 2 percent quota for national sportspersons.
Currently, 27% seats are reserved for OBC category students, followed by 15% and 7% for ST and SC category respectively. With addition of 2% sports quota and 10% EBC quota, total reservation stands at 61.5 percent in the varsity. While the supreme court had ruled that total reservation could not exceed 50 percent, varsity Vice-Chancellor M N Patel said since the ordinance has been passed by state government, they are bound to follow the rules. He also said that there are other states where the reservation is more than 50 percent.
The university would prepare a separate merit list for EBC students, similar to the ones prepared for other reserved categories. However, University official informed that the EBC quota would be implemented with a provision for last minute changes. He said, if there would be any change in the government’s directive, applications under EBC quota will be considered under general category.
Gujarat University has, in its last meeting, decided to carry out centralized online admissions in all courses, except BA and MA. However, the students applying for admission in BA and MA courses, would be required to register online on the admission website of university. The 10-day process of online registration for admissions would commence on May 20, ending on May 30. Earlier, students were required to submit separate admission forms in all colleges of their choice, but with the centralized admission process in effect, they can submit a list of 15 colleges at the time of online registration. Students will be intimated about the admission notification through SMS.