A bill, passed by Lok Sabha, was presented by human resource development minister Kapil Sibal in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday but it failed to get through.
Reason: When the minister introduced the bill to declare the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design and Manufacturing, Kancheepuram, an institution of national importance — BSP members accused the government of being anti-quota.
Agitated members from the BSP, RJD and other parties rushed to the well when Sibal —while assuring that the bill would provide quotas in admission — said reservations do not apply to faculty. The House was adjourned for half an hour.
Earlier, objections began when Congress MP from Andhra Pradesh Jesudas Seelam first raised the quota issue, after which the BSP took the cue. BSP leader Satish Chandra Mishra said there were just 1 SC and 1 OBC faculty members in IIT Delhi out of a 478 teachers.
LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan, too, expressed concern. Mishra accused the BJP of joining hands with the government on the matter, and added that the two would not be allowed to push through legislation.
Sibal intervened and said he accepted the “genuine concern” of the MPs. Distinguishing between the law and its implementation, he said, “The moment this institute becomes an institution of national importance, it joins those categories of institutions which require reservation for SCs, STs as well as OBCs.”