New Delhi: Delhi Government on Monday increased the reservation quota for OBCs in educational institutes run by it to 21 per cent from the current 15 per cent.

The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

To ensure that increase in reservation for OBCs does not affect general category students, the government has decided to enhance the number of seats in each discipline by 12 per cent.

Dikshit said the the increase in reservation for OBC students will not at all affect students belonging to other communities.

She said pending a final decision by the Union Home Ministry on the issue of reservation of seats for OBCs in educational institutions, the city government decided to increase the current reservation of 15 per cent.

With increase in reservation for OBCs, the combined reservation of seats including SCs and STs in government-run educational institutions have gone up to 39 per cent in Delhi.

The reservation for SCs in Delhi is 17 per cent against 15 per cent in other states. Only one per cent seats are reserved for STs.

As there is no ST population in Delhi, the city government had written to the Union Home Ministry last year to allow it to abolish the reservation quota for STs.

"Our government is committed to safeguard the interests of all the communities," Dikshit said.

The Cabinet also decided to allow existing higher educational institutions situated in Lal-dora, extended Lal-dora and other non-conforming areas to continue for the academic year 2011-12. The government has also decided to allow increase in intake and addition of courses by the institutions operating from such areas but no new construction activities will be allowed.

Dikshit said the decision to allow the institutes to continue has been taken to ensure continuity of education. Lal-dora refers to village land exempted from building bye-laws and strict construction norms.

The institutions will have permission to increase the number of courses and the intake of students but no new construction would be allowed, officials said.

The Cabinet decision will benefit 24 institutes. The institutes will also be allowed to start second shift provided they fulfill all the necessary conditions in terms of space, security, faculty etc.