The Union ministry for human resource development (MHRD) has directed all technical institutes across the country to provide 5% reservation for meritorious students from economically backward families.
Being one of the major issues which were included in the revised All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) norms. HRD minister Kapil Sibal had recently announced that all technical institutes approved by the AICTE will reserve 5% seats for these students in undergraduate engineering colleges through Common Entrance Test.
Till now, the tuition fee waiver scheme had been operated by the AICTE which allowed providing up to 10% extra seats that were given to economically unprivileged students.
However, from now on, under the scheme individual institutes should provide the facility.Earlier, the decision to apply for the fee waiver scheme was with the institutes, but the new norms makes it is mandatory for each of them approved by the AICTE to reserve up to 5% seats for economically poor backward students.The institutes need not get approval from AICTE for that 5% quota. Meanwhile, colleges will not collect any fee from the students who get seats under this quota.