//Five panels to submit report on reservations by July 31

Five panels to submit report on reservations by July 31

Udupi,June 3 (PTI): The chairman of the Oversight Committee on reservations, M Veerrappa Moily, today said five sub-committees constituted by him on the issue will submit their reports by July 31.

The sub-committees related to IITs, IIMs, agricultural institutes, central universities and health sciences have the country's "best brains" as members, Moily told reporters here.

On the basis of reports submitted by them, the committee will frame a comprehensive roadmap for achieving "knowledge society based on inclusive policy" and put forward its recommendations to the Government by August 31, he said.

The Oversight Committee had met twice and Moily will hold discussions with the members of the sub-committees on June eight.

Strongly supporting the proposed 27 per cent reservations for OBCs in higher educational institutions, Moily said the Government favoured increasing the number of seats so that general students are not impacted by reservations. The new reservation policy for OBCs will be introduced from 2007-08, he said.

Moily said the southern States had made the highest contribution to the country's GDP growth despite the reservation system, which clearly showed that quotas' had not affected talent.

He argued it was a completely wrong notion that the backward classes lacked talent and eligibility. Reservations have not affected the productivity in states like Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, Moily said.

He said the Oversight Committee intended to initiate a dialogue with the best brains in the country and evolve innovative methods for excellence in higher education.