The admission forms and TCs of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sanghatan (KVS) institutions, working under the Ministry of Human Resources Development, will soon have a mention of the Other Backward Castes (OBC).

Upon several requests from parents and caste organisations, the Sanghatan has recently indicated to all the Vidyalayas under its purview to include a column for the OBC category (non-creamy layer)from the academic year 2011-12.

While there is a column to indicate the caste status of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in the forms, there is no such provision for the OBC students. “The OBC students can derive the benefit of statutory concession extended by the Centre for pursuing higher studies or seeking employment in government of quasi-government agencies,” says A Mohan, a professor at Sri Venkateswara Ayurvedic College, Tirupati and one of the applicants on behalf of OBC parents.