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Anti-quota stir by IIT students enters third day

The hunger strike by IIT students in Mumbai continued for the third day.

india Updated: May 24, 2006 17:46 IST

The anti-reservation hunger strike by the students of Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai continued for the third day on Wednesday even as pro-quota agitation was withdrawn after the government announced quota for OBC from June next year.

The students said they would continue their protest till the government met their demands, including rolling back of the reservation proposal, judicial and non-political review of reservation policy.

Students are having meetings with their medico counterparts in Delhi to chalk out further course of action, they added.

Meanwhile, the pro-quota students expressed happiness at the government decision and said "we got what we wanted and therefore, we withdrew from demonstration late last night".

However, both anti and pro-quota agitators were of the view that reservation was not the only tool for socio-economic upliftment of the society. Government should evolve a holistic approach to attain social justice and equality.

Currently, IITs has 22.5 per cent reservation for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, and no seat for OBCs.

First Published: May 24, 2006 16:16 IST