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?Only deserving students should get quota benefit?

ARE SOME students of reserved category taking admission just for the sake of scholarships or they also interested in studies? This issue is being hotly debated on the university and college campuses these days thanks to Union Government's 'inclination' to provide 27 per cent reservation to OBC students at IITs, IIMs and Central Universities.

india Updated: Apr 12, 2006 01:13 IST

ARE SOME students of reserved category taking admission just for the sake of scholarships or they also interested in studies? This issue is being hotly debated on the university and college campuses these days thanks to Union Government's 'inclination' to provide 27 per cent reservation to OBC students at IITs, IIMs and Central Universities.

A section of the educationists is of the view that a large number of students are getting into such institutes not to learn and get an education but to simply avail the benefits of various scholarships that are on offer for them there.

They also believe that the reservation policy is flawed as it is resulting in a large percentage of students getting into universities and institutes despite having no aptitude for higher education and even lacking the ability to get through the various job competitions—ending up simply increasing the number of educated unemployed in the country.

A number of teachers of Allahabad University (AU), not wishing to be quoted, said that at the 'Oxford of the East' a large number of students under the SC/ST and OBC quota are taking admissions not because they are interested in higher education but to simply get the money that the government gives as financial help to these students. They term it as an alarming trend and want a system that allows only those students having the inner urge to undertake higher education to get through.

The teachers point out that attractive scholarships are being given to all SC/ST and OBC students getting admitted at AU. OBC students enrolled for undergraduate as well as post-graduate courses and residing at delegacies are given Rs 185 per month while those residing in hostels are given Rs 355 per month.Similarly, all SC/ST students enrolled for undergraduate courses and residing at delegacies are given Rs 185 per month while those residing in hostels are given Rs 355 per month.

However, SC/ST students enrolled for post-graduate courses and residing at delegacies are given Rs 320 per month while those residing in hostels are given Rs 510 per month.

However, this scholarship is given to just students belonging to the economically weaker section in the general category students. "The need of the hour is have a system that allows only those students seriously interested in higher education and also having the aptitude for it to be admitted and given all financial support," said a senior teacher of the AU Commerce faculty.