Mumbai, July 17 -- The government has decided to reserve 10% seats for students from the economically weaker section (EWS) in all law and teacher-training colleges across the state this academic year, even without extra seats being added in these institutes to accommodate them.

According to officials, the state decided on this move because the apex bodies for these courses - Bar Council of India (BCI) and National Council for Teachers Education (NCTE) - are still mulling over increasing the intake in colleges across India.

"It's up to the apex bodies to increase the seats. But they obviously can't do it all of a sudden as they have to consider certain measures [to decide the intake]. Since they have not increased the intake yet, we will...