Quota ??? till when ?

Last Updated on Monday, 22 February 2010 02:30 Written by Administrator Friday, 12 May 2006 00:00

HRD Minister Mr. Arjun Singh had recently proposed to add 27 per cent reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) to the existing 22.5-per cent reservation for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) in the IITs, Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and other premier institutes under managed by the Central government.The Cabinet Secretary has returned the draft reservation bill that the HRD ministry had forwarded. Yet, the new reservation proposal has elicited strong reactions and opposition from across the country.

India one of the fastest growing economy is a 59 year old country. So many other countries which were born after India have seen faster growth and development. Reservation system which was initiated in the early days of India's post independence was aimed to bring social justice and to bring all the sections of the society in the national mainstream. The area where we have faulted is, by not defining a monitoring system to gauge the progress made by the reservation system. The reservation system which was aimed to make a united strong India, has divided India further. Political parties have used the "reservation" system for none other than their political fortunes.

So now by announcing a proposal to add 27 per cent reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) to the existing 22.5-per cent reservation for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs), the "reservation" system has come back to haunt India again.

We all agree that, all the backward castes need education. However by reserving seats in IITs, Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and other premier institutes under managed by the Central government, we are all trying to diminish India's commitment to educational excellence.
What we need today is more education institutions so that every Indian can get quality education and not reserving seats for them in premier institutions.

Premier Institutions should admit students strictly on merit and for everyone. It does not matter if someone falls under OBC, SC, ST, Minority or Major community. There should not be any quotas and we should be done away with the reservation in these institutions. If the government is serious enough about the upliftment of the weaker section of the society, it should bring law to monitor quality education in the educational institutes irrespective of a premier institution or not.

Let us have some standards in education and let us build a "quota free" India.

 

Office of profit

Sunday, 02 April 2006 00:00

'Office of profit' - is the buzz word these days....Jaya Bacchhan lost her Rajya Sabha seat beacuse of this... Sonia Gandhi, president of Indian National Congress resigned from her Lok Sabha seat as well as NAC Cairmanship because she felt it was the right thing to do as the controversy was on it's all-time high.But what is OOP ( Office of profit) for a common citizen of India ?

Office of profit is one more loop hole, which needs to be rectified. Most of the offices which falls under this Office of profit are under either central or state governments. The respective governments appoint distinguished people either to lead or chair high profile posts of these offices.As there was a concern that these offices could be misused for profit, there was a law defined in the 50's to counter such misuse.However there are so many loop holes that, this is becoming a laughing stock.

Defintely there has been either misunderstanding or poor implementation of this law. All the political parties should come together to define the 'Office of profit' so that there is no vagueness in it and people of India can take a breath of relief.!

 

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