NCERT talent search exams: Centre approves 27% OBC quota in NTSE-stage II, says Prakash Javadekar

Reservation for OBC students in NTSE-stage II conducted by NCERT has been approved, Union human resource development minister Prakash Javadekar said on Tuesday

PTI October 31, 2017 20:48:36 IST
NCERT talent search exams: Centre approves 27% OBC quota in NTSE-stage II, says Prakash Javadekar

New Delhi: Reservation for Other Backward Class (OBC) students in National Talent Search Examination (NTSE)-stage II conducted by the NCERT has been approved, Union human resource development minister Prakash Javadekar said on Tuesday.

The 27 percent quota for OBC students will be effective from 2019 as the process for the 2018 examination has already commenced, the minister said.

The reservation for OBC students will be in addition to already existing 15 percent quota for scheduled caste students, 7.5 percent for students from Scheduled Tribes and four percent for physically challenged students.

"Approved reservation for #OBC students in #NTSE National Talent Search Examination Stage-II conducted by @NCERT," Javadekar said in a tweet.

He also said that increasing the number of scholarships from 1,000 to 2,000 for the second stage of NTSE is also under "active consideration".

NCERT talent search exams Centre approves 27 OBC quota in NTSEstage II says Prakash Javadekar

File image of HRD minister Prakash Javadekar. Reuters

Class 11 and 12 students get Rs 1,250 per month under the scholarship, while undergraduate and postgraduate students get Rs 2,000. For Ph.D. students, the amount is decided according to UGC norms, he added.

The stage-1 of the examination is conducted by state governments, while the stage-II is conducted the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) to identify and nurture talented students.

Sources said the state governments may also be asked to provide reservation to the OBC category. Some states are already providing the OBC reservation.

Earlier, the Aurangabad bench of Bombay high court had asked to study the feasibility and necessity of providing quota to OBC students, the sources said.

Following it, an NCERT committee had favoured quota for OBC students to be implemented as per central government norms, they added.

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