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.
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:
- Say No to Quota in Higher Education - Sarsij Nayanam
- Petition against proposed reservation in premeir educational institutes - Jodhbir Sachdeva
- Anti Reservation, 2006 - Prabhakar Lakhera
Other petitions (on both sides of the issue), in alphabetical order:
- Against reservation system in India - Sumith Rajagopalan
- Campaign against increase in Reservations - Sachin Jain
- “Dramatic” Increase of quota for the backward class people - Karan Aneja
- In Favor of 50% Reservation for SC/ST/OBC - Vikky dhobi
- Increase reservation in India - - Schrodingers Cat
- Merit will not be compromised by the implementation of reservation policy - Sudhir Badami
- No caste based quota in IIT’s and IIM’s - Vivek Dhariwal
- Petition against a Proposed Minority Reservation Bill - Kishore Indukuri
- Reservation in Education - Abhishek Bhawsar
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:
Minister for Human Resource Development
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