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BHU Students protest against proposed reservation in higher education
Varanasi | April 12, 2006 9:11:27 PM IST
 
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Students of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) on Wednesday, staged a protest against the Central Governments proposed move to reserve 27 percent seats for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in higher education institutes in the country.

The government has come with a proposal to reserve 27 percent seats in higher education institutes including IITs, IIMs and AIIMS, and proposed move would take the total reservation quota to almost 50 percent.

Students of the premier medical, engineering and business schools are, however, up in arms against the move.

BHU students said that the proposal would be opposed countrywide.

We have decided that we would boycott all classes and exams if the proposal is not taken back. We think that this reservation will not let any talent enter the top institutes," said Keshav, a student.

Some students have also opined that the move has made them feel foreigners in their own land, hinting at a second "Mandal Commission" fiasco, which had seen possibly one of the country's biggest student outrage with many even killing themselves, in protest of the 1990 report which advocated quotas in jobs.

The Constitution had initially provided quota for education and jobs in state funded organisations for socially backward castes and tribes, initially for 10 years, but over the years, the quota system continued with more and more castes being added to the list. (ANI)

 

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