reservation in education
Topics: Indian Institutes of Technology, India, Protest / Pages: 5 (1180 words) / Published: Sep 30th, 2013

Kumar with 87% ISC pays Rs.185000 in an engineering college and Rajiv with 56% ISC pays Rs.80000 only in the same college. What made this difference? The answer is “caste based reservation”. Kumar belonged to a Brahmin family whereas Rajiv was from ‘scheduled caste’. Admittedly, caste is a social reality and a mechanism of oppression in an Indian society. But going deep into this society two main questions arise – Is caste only the mechanism of oppression? Is everyone amongst the ‘upper castes’ affluent? The answer to these questions is known to every one of us.
The main objective of the Indian reservation system is to increase the opportunities and enhance social and educational status. But this does not mean to overlook the so called ‘upper classes’. After all “under the eyes of god and law all are equal”.
Caste based reservation is seen in areas such as politics, government and most probably in higher education institutions. 22.5% of available seats are reserved for scheduled caste (SC) and scheduled tribe (ST) students, (15% for SCs and 7.5% for STs). This reservation percentage has been raised to 49.5% by including an additional 27% reservation for OBCs. This ratio is followed even in the parliament and all elections where a few constituencies are secured for those from certain communities. And as the new laws for the reservation systems are passed employment of SCs in public sector is increasing substantially.
The ill-effects of caste-based reservation system are not hidden from us. In the recent years it has affected the education sectors in a big way. There are many examples that could be highlighted. The anti caste-based reservation protest took place. This was against the decision of the union Government of India that implemented reservation for OBCs in central and private institutes of higher education.
In the year 2005, Government, on the recommendation of Mandal Commission, proposed to reserve 27% of seats in the All India Institute of Medical

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