Smriti may revive HRD quota in KVs

July 1, 2014

New Delhi: Human resource development minister Smriti †Irani is learnt to be thinking of restoring the quota system that allowed the Union HRD minister to recommend candidates for admissions in Kendriya Vidyalayas. The ministerís discretionary quota system was discontinued during the UPA-2 tenure by the then HRD minister Kapil Sibal.

Sources in the HRD ministry said the Irani acceded to the long-standing demand from several quarters, including from the BJP leaders and workers, as it was felt that discontinuation of discretionary quota had devoid students in genuine need of admissions to these schools.

It is learnt that the announcement for the same could be made soon and a directive to this effect would also be issued soon. The issue was discussed threadbare at a meeting chaired by the minister with the Kendriya Vidyalaya top brass on Tuesday.

Affiliated to CBSE, the Kendriya Vidyalayas cater to children of transferable Central government employees. The discretionary quota scheme allowed the HRD minister to make 1,200 recommendations every year for admission to KVs and each MP could refer two later made six names depending on certain criteria. There are nearly 10 lakh seats in 981 KVs across the country.

The quota system was scrapped during the tenure of Mr Sibal, who had even devoid of MPs from this privilege. Mr Sibalís office was known to refuse admission requests coming from even the PMO.

However, the quota allowed to MPs was restored and later raised from two to six students after Mr Sibal came under intense attack from MPs cutting across party lines. A delegation of MPs had even complained to the then PM Manmohan Singh. who had intervened to get their quota restored.† (Source- Asian Age)

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