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“An Evening by the Bay”, San Francisco Bay Area, Saturday June 3 2006

Update, May 8 2006: Registration for this event is now open.

Photo from Evening with the Stars, 2005Mark your calendar and plan to attend the first San Francisco Bay Area Alumni event of the year to be held on Saturday, June 3rd. at 6.00 PM in Mountain View, California.

What: An Evening by the Bay

Where: Center for the performing Arts
500 Castro St
Mountain View CA 94041

When: Saturday, June 3 2006, 5:00 PM till 10:30 PM

Register: http://www.iitkgpsv.org/

“An Evening by the Bay” is a networking event, and the chief guest is Professor Madhusudhan Chakraborty, Dean of Alumni Affairs & International Relations at IIT Kharagpur. The program will take you back to IIT Kharagpur Spring Festival through a multi media presentation and a variety entertainment program featuring local talent ( Alums + Spouses + Kids and guest artists). Dinner at one of the Mountain Views newest restaurants and Appreciation Awards will follow the performance.

To compliment the award winning performances of the “superstars”, we have booked the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, a state of art theater, to ensure a near professional entertainment experience.

Tickets go on sale in the first week of May, so stand by for details. Mark your calendar because you won’t want to miss this event.

I look forward to seeing you and your guests on June 3rd.

Roy Da Silva ( 1974 EE RK )
President, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of IIT Kharagpur Alumni
President, IIT Foundation

Photo at right is from last year’s event.

Update, May 8 2006: Registration for this event is now open.

Posted by: Roy Dasilva @ Apr 25, 2006, 7:37 am PDT    Filed under: Events    Add Comment »

Proposed 49.5% reservation at IITs for backward classes

The HRD Ministry in India, led by Minister Arjun Singh, is proposing to impose a 49.5% reservation for backward classes at IITs and IIMs. This is a significant increase from the current 22.5% reservation policy.

Interestingly, but perhaps not coincidentally, this anouncement by the HRD Ministry comes just before elections are on in five states.

Here is an assortment of media reports on this issue:

49.5% seats reserve in IITs, IIMs for SCs, STs from Siliconindia.com:

Thursday, April 06, 2006

NEW DELHI: The Center today reserved 49.5 percent of the total seats in IITs, IIMs and Central Universities for OBCs, SCs and STs.

Now, beneficiaries say no to quota, from IBNLive.com:

Mumbai: The government says its proposal to increase reservations for the economically backward classes from 22 to 49.5 per cent will benefit the students. But the beneficiaries of the quota system themselves have reservations about the move.

Students at IIT-Powai, who have availed of these seats under quota, feel that such a move will lower the standard of education.

Health Ministry writes to HRD in favour of OBC reservation, from The Hindu:

New Delhi, April. 8 (PTI): As the row over reservation hots up, Union Health Ministry has favoured the proposal of 27 per cent quota for students of other backward classes in medical educational institutes under it.

The Health Ministry has written to the Human Resources Development Ministry which had sought its views on the proposal, officials said.

Op-ed by Prof. P V Indirasen, former Director, IIT Madras:

The move by the group of ministers to impose 49.5% reservation in IITs and IIMs is sad news as much for the backward castes as it is for the institutions concerned.

Quotas a retrograde step, feels India Inc:

MUMBAI: Corporate captains have come down hard on the government’s decision to reserve 49.5% reservation in IITs and IIMs, calling the move a retrograde step, which could erode the culture of meritocracy at IITs and IIMs.

What you can do

Join an online debate at rediff.com:

Do you think IITs and IIMs should have 49.5% reservation? Will this help the backward classes prosper? Or will this lead to more controversy?

Most active online petitions:

Other petitions (on both sides of the issue), in alphabetical order:

And, last but not the least, here is the contact information for Hon’ Arjun Singh, HRD Minister of India, in case you would like to have your opinion be known:

Arjun Singh
Minister for Human Resource Development
Email: hrm@nic.in
Phone: +91-11-23782698,   +91-11-23782387
Fax: +91-11-23382365 ,   +91-11-23711772

Updated April 18 2006: Added online petition links. Also added contact information for Arjun Singh

Posted by: Joyjit Nath @ Apr 11, 2006, 11:02 am PDT    Filed under: Media    80 Comments »