A total of 325 Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) aspirants are likely to be affected if the quashing of 4.5 percent sub-quota for minorities in central institutions was not stayed, the government told the Supreme Court Wednesday.
Additional Solicitor General Gourab Banerji told this to the apex court bench of Justice K. Radhakrishnan and Justice J.S. Khehar.
The notice was issued to R. Krishnaiah on whose petition the high court quashed the sub-quota.
The court issued a notice on the government’s plea and declined an interim stay, for now, on the Andhra Pradesh High Court’s verdict quashing the 4.5 percent sub-quota for minorities within 27 percent reservation for the Other Backward Classes (OBCs).
Banerji told the court that there were 4,861 IIT seats under the general category and 2,169 for the OBCs under the 27 percent reservation and 443 under the 4.5 percent sub-quota. The court also inquired from Banerji about the number of students belonging to religious minorities that had succeeded in the general category, OBC category and under the 4.5 sub-quota
The ASG told the court that against the 443 available seats under the sub-quota only 325 students succeeded in qualifying for admission to IITs.