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All for a coveted seat

While some students think it is going to be misused, a section thinks it is a political gimmick.

india Updated: Apr 17, 2006 20:00 IST

The recently-proposed 27 percent reservations for backward classes lead to an uproar from all over the country.

While the strongest feeling is that it will be detrimental in getting admission in a reputed college, many feel that this would be misused while some think that this is a political gimmick.

DU aspirant Shubham Sharma says, “The cut off for commerce stream in DU colleges is already so high that a student getting 80 per cent does not get a chance. Now with this new proposition our chances of getting into a decent college have become even more remote.” Michael Suren, a third year student of Hansraj College, who holds a reservation seat says, “the increase in quota is more of a political gimmick. Majority of the population belonging to the OBC reside in the rural areas for which it won’t really matter.”

“The general category students always suffer because the rich brats get into all the good colleges with moolah power and the backward classes make their way through quotas. Now where do we go?” asks Yachna Verma, an IIT aspirant.

Mahak Mehta who plans to apply to colleges like Stephens, Hindu and LSR voices another view, “Often these reservation students cannot emulate the standards of education so they just drop within just a year.

“And the seat remains vacant with a more deserving student missing out on the opportunity for a decent education. With this proposal more seats are going to be wasted.” Adds Mandira Gupta, who wants to get into Sri Venkateshwara: “This can be a tactic to increase the vote bank.” Artika Raj from Army Public School thinks introducing reservation in primary schools and government offices is a better solution.

Action-reaction An SMS campaign has ¦ started. The message reads: “Think about it, if you are giving your Class XII exams or trying for a masters in JNU, 50 percent of all the seats are reserved. Let’s start a campaign against this insanity.” The Youth Parliament is ¦ organising a protest rally at the Indira Gandhi Stadium on Tuesday.

Protest rallies will be organised in north and south campus.

First Published: Apr 17, 2006 20:00 IST