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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

SC, Reservations, Centre and IIIT

I have resisted my temptation to a large extent to avoid writing this post. Yet this reaction of the Supreme Court(click here) made me feel that it is appropriate to at least make a mention of it.

One thing about my Institute that I am really proud of, is that it has stuck to one policy (such a rarity!) since its inception - and that is the NO RESERVATION policy for admissions. I can proudly tell everyone that there are still some sane people out there who fight for the sake of the principle that merit requires to be placed above all the distractions caused by the lurings of a YES RESERVATION policy and that I am proud to learn from those sane people.

A recent Supreme Court judgement on NO RESERVATIONS or State Quota in private unaided professional colleges is being seen as a precursor to the elimination of the idea of reservations which for all practical matters is essential to keep vote banks in tact for politicians.

There is surprising unanimity to oppose this pious ruling by the SC which I think is excellently put by T J S George in his article (here) - it might as well happen that during the Counselling information for the AIEEE next year - I find that there is an SC/ST Quota included under IIIT's seats for as far as I can understand of the new law being planned to overrule the SC's judgement would include reservations in all private Un-aided professional colleges/institutions - of which I presume IIIT is one of those for it is autonomous (would it be name sake, once this law comes up? ), self-supporting (may be since the ruling is compulsory, IIIT may as well get funds from the Govt. and it may no longer be 'International Institute') institutions which might get affected - God forbid!


Blogger mythalez said...

Some posts of reasonable length .. good :P
Yeah, No-reservation policy is truly one of the best things abt our institute.
No purpose in lambasting the reservation policy of the government, since this comment would be just that. A comment in a blog which expresses the views of a large number of young indians but sadly the views which dont count. And soon these indians wouldnt count either (running off to US as they are)

Tuesday, August 23, 2005 7:20:00 PM  
Blogger Ravi said...

and running of to the very same US. mythalez... given your knowledge of the United States I presume you know that after the "I have dream" there was reservation of a kind in the US. It was called affirmative action and individuals and institutes which admitted Blacks were given concessions and sops.There is no denying the fact that this helped a lot of blacks into integrating themselves with the mainstream. As far as having reservation as a policy ... I am totally opposed to it. But in the larger context I think some sort of affirmative action is needed.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005 8:02:00 PM  

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