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OBC admissions can be put on hold: Govt

Last updated on: April 25, 2007 19:44 IST

The government on Wednesday said it was 'entirely possible' to provide admissions in general categories in elite educational institutions, while putting on hold reservation for OBCs till the court decides.

"It is entirely possible. . . that is why we are trying to accommodate non-reserved categories," Union HRD Minister Arjun Singh told reporters replying to a question on whether the government planned to go ahead with admissions for students belonging to non-reserved categories while putting on hold the process for OBCs.

He said the government was formulating a plan wherein the admission of students belonging to OBC category could be taken up after the Supreme Court's decision on the issue.

Singh said any decision on the admission process will be a collective one. "The decision to keep the admissions on hold was a collective decision."

Similarly, he said any decision on going ahead with the admissions to the elite educational institutions would have to be a collective one. He also said that there was no pressure from the allies on the issue.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has convened a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA) to discuss the issue, Singh said. The meeting is expected to be held later on Wednesday night.

Singh dismissed reports of differences between the HRD and Law Ministries on the quota issue. "On this issue or any other issue, there are no differences between the Law ministry and our ministry. Both ministries filed the petition in the court together," he said.

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