Anti-quota wave hits DU
Students threatened to organise a mass agitation on Monday against the HRD Ministry's decision.india Updated: Apr 30, 2006 18:14 IST
The anti-quota wave triggered by the city’s medical students has reached Delhi University. Students are threatening to organise a mass agitation on Monday against the HRD Ministry's decision of introducing a quota for OBC students in centralised universities.
"We will garner as much support as we can and organise a rally on Monday if things don't improve. It will include teachers and other persons employed at the university," said Krishan Mohan Sharma, a member of DU's researchers association. "This is unfair and merit has taken a backseat."
Aniket, a third-year student of Hansraj College said, "This move was long in the offing. Unfortunately, the ongoing exams have temporarily paralysed any form of student protest against reservations. If no one else takes up the cudgels, then I will leap in the fray and organise a protest."
At JNU, the mood was different. Srijay, a student said, "JNU students community believes in equality and we have students of all cross sections studying here. We have a weightage system for OBCs anyway. So this won't make much difference."
"We believe in equal rights. It is unlikely that any political party or student will go against the HRD Ministry's deci sion," said Rajeev, another JNU student.
Students from the IIT have also joined the protests. "It only makes good political sense and has no social sense. Whatever medical students are doing has brought the graveness of the issue to limelight. If there is any such forum or invitation to us to join the protests we will happily join them in this common cause", said Ravish, a third-year student.
"Some medical students approached us, so as to get the IIT students join them in the common protests. They pasted notices in the IIT as well, though there is a consensus among students about the issue — there are not many 'political' leader type students in IIT who can channelise the anger,” said a senior professor at IIT.
"Whatever medical students are doing is absolutely right,” said Vikram, a fourth-year mechanical engineering student IIT.