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Old ghosts on campus

The HRD ministry's decision to introduce 27 pc reservations in institutions has ignited familiar fears over the issue.

india Updated: Apr 07, 2006 14:55 IST

The HRD ministry's decision to introduce 27 per cent reservations for OBC students in all centrally-funded institutions, including IITS and IIMs, has ignited all the familiar fears over the issue.

At the Kharagpur IIT, general category students said it would increase mediocrity, which the institute director Prof SK Dube refuted.

He pointed out that "even students in the reserved category are polished. And in any case, IITs are known more for their output rather than input."

But the institution would implement the government diktat without question, since "they depend on central funds". Allaying general category fears, Prof Dube said even after reservations students would not lose out, since IIT-KGP increases seats by 10 per cent each year.

On the IIM campus in Ahmedabad, there were worries that admission to the premier B-school would become much more difficult for the general category students.

A student said the government was making a mockery of the autonomy promise. The faculty was also divided and the issue is expected to keep the campus on the boil after vacations end.

Meanwhile, IIM Lucknow director Professor Devi Singh would meet the five IIM directors on April 10 to take up the quota issue. Faculty members pointed out that the overall reservation quota would now reach 50 per cent.