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Reservation policy `not yet framed for IIT'

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'No one has right to demand OBC quota'

CHENNAI: The Centre has not formulated a national policy on reservation in Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and nobody can compel the Government to frame a policy or to make reservation for backward communities, the IIT Council has told the Madras High Court.

A counter-affidavit, filed in response to a writ petition and a public interest litigation petition on extending reservations for admission to IITs, the Council Chairman, IIT, which functions under the Ministry of Human Resource Development, said reservations were not made by the Centre in respect of the IITs, and added, "nobody has an enforceable right in a court of law to demand reservation for OBCs." In the absence of legislation, the Government could issue executive instructions. But such an instruction could be given only after a general policy for OBC reservation was framed, the counter said, adding, "till now such a thing has not happened."

If the reservation policy was not implemented even after a provision had been made, the beneficiaries could come to court seeking enforcement.

"But where no policy is involved, particularly in the case of institutions such as the IIT, nobody can have a right to compel the Government to frame a policy to make reservation for OBCs." Owing to a constitutional mandate, only SCs/STs were given reservation benefits for admission to IITs, it said.

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