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Stir gets support from abroad

THE ANTI-QUOTA stir has reached overseas. Several former students of the IIM Lucknow as well as the IIT Kanpur are now planning to build a consensus against the move to impose OBC quota in premier institutions of the country.

india Updated: May 17, 2006 01:32 IST
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THE ANTI-QUOTA stir has reached overseas. Several former students of the IIM Lucknow as well as the IIT Kanpur are now planning to build a consensus against the move to impose OBC quota in premier institutions of the country.

Some IIM teachers have already contacted London based students’ union president Vineet Chauhan to build a consensus against the move. Similarly, some former IIT Kanpur students based in Paris too are busy devising ingenious strategies to counter HRD minister Arjun Singh’s quota-plan.

Paris based Sharad Tripathi, a former IIT-K student and president of the IIT-K students’ association has reportedly prepared a formulae along with some of his colleagues to check mate Arjun Singh’s move.

Tripathi reportedly is of the opinion that instead of giving quota benefits to OBCs it would be far better to prepare such students for facilitating their entry in academic institutions of professional excellence like the IIMs and the IITs.

“We have even collected $ 20 lakh for opening about 15 such schools. The plan is to raise the level of those less privileged rather than giving them easy entry through quota,” he was reported as saying.

At the IIM-L too efforts are being silently made by some faculty members and former students to build public opinion on the issue.

“We have initiated discussions with some former students, IIT faculty members as well as those of other IIMs. We are regularly exchanging e-mails and SMSes and hopefully you would soon see IIMs too jumping on to the anti-quota stir.

May be we won’t hit the roads but then we would definitely be forcing authorities to do a re-think,” an IIM faculty member told the HT.

Another IIM faculty said that it was apparent that the move was aimed keeping votes in mind. “It’s a pity that even top institutions are not being spared from such things,” he added.