From the previously set 20 percent mark the Odisha government has increased the reservation ratio for schedule caste and schedule tribe students studying in educational institutes to 38.75 percent.
The approval on the proposed increment came from the Chief Minister Navven Patnaik and a release was then issued from the Chief Ministers Office saying that the new decision would be implemented from the 2015-16 academic year. The decision taken by the government would be applicable to all the educational institutes in the state, government or private educational institutes respectively.
The students who belong to the SC and ST would be given this facility to undergo higher studies in streams like medical and engineering offered by various government and private colleges and universities around the state. Durga Prasad Behera, the additional secretary in Higher Education department said that this would help these backward students to come forward and ensure a better future. Earlier, only eight percent seats were used to get reserved for the SC candidates in overall educational institutes in the state. Now, after the decision they would avail 16.25 percent seats in any of the colleges offering degrees in engineering or medical courses.
Accordingly the percentage reserved for ST students had also gone up to 22.5 percent from that of 12 percent in any of the educational institute in the state.