The issue of OBC reservation has been raised in the State Agricultural Universities. The students have also demanded reservation for the most backward classes on the lines of SC, ST in the agricultural universities of the states. All India OBC Students Association (AIOBCSA) has written a letter to Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar regarding this. It states that SC, ST students get reservation in Central as well as State Universities. But OBC Quota Applicable only in Central Universities, not in State.
All India Most Backward Classes Students Union says that OBC category students have to bear the loss of about 1400 seats every year due to non-reservation in State Agriculture University. For this, AIOBCSA has given the complete figure of seats in the letter.
ICAR Agriculture seats in the country
In the letter sent by AIOBCSA to Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, the figures of seats have been given as follows-
- Total number of seats in Agriculture UG course – 2879
- No. of Agriculture PG seats – 3119
- Agriculture PhD seats – 1350
Students union says that if 27% OBC reservation is implemented in all agricultural universities, then OBC category students will get course wise seats like-
- UG- 777
- PG – 842
- PhD – 364
Due to the implementation of OBC quota only in Central University, how many seats are getting reservation at present-
- UG – 172
- PG – 273
- PhD – 159
According to AIOBCSA, how many seats are being lost to OBC category due to non-reservation in State University-
- Undergraduate – 605
- Post Graduate – 569
- PhD – 209
Demand for 27% OBC quota in ICAR AIEEA
The All India OBC Students Union, in a letter sent to the Union Minister, has said that the National Agriculture Entrance Examination of ICAR provides admission in Central and State Universities on All India Quota seats. In this AIQ, 15 percent reservation for SC category and 7.5 percent for ST is available in all Central and State Agriculture Universities. But OBC quota is applicable only in Central Universities. There is a demand that 27% reservation should be implemented in the State Agricultural University also.
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