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National Institute of Technology, Agartala, extends reservation benefits to OBC students


The benefit of reservation in National Institute of Technology (NIT), Agartala, has now been extended to students belonging to OBC category. This came with the Union Cabinet’s approval for the implementation of reservation for students belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes situated therein. This was stated in a Press Information Bureau, Government of India, press release today.

The National Institute of Technology (NIT) located at Jirania in the Tripura Tribal Area Autonomous District Council, Agartala, was unable to extend the benefit of reservation to students belonging to OBC category in view of the non-applicability of the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Act, 2006, under Section 4 (a).

Section 4 (a) of the CEI Act, 2006 provides that the provisions of Section 3 of the Act shall not apply to a Central Educational Institution established in the tribal areas referred to in the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution of India.

Section 3 of the CEI Act, 2006 provides for reservation of seats in Central Educational Institutions, according to which, 15% seats are reserved for the Scheduled Castes 7.5% for the Scheduled Tribes and 27% for the Other Backward Classes.

Several writ petitions were filed in Guwahati High Court, Agartala and High Court, New Delhi challenging applicability of reservation of the SCs and STs in NIT, Agartala while not extending the benefit of reservation to OBCs. There was a popular demand from political parties and public representatives that the benefits of reservation for OBC should be extended to NIT Agartala in view of the substantial population of OBCs in the State.

A notification was issued with the approval of the President under Paragraph 12AA(c) of the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of India on 13.7.2009 to the effect that provisions of Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Act shall apply to Jirania in the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council in respect of Central Educational Institutions situated therein namely NIT, Agartala subject to modifications of Section 3, 4 and 6 of the CEI Act, 2006.

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