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Bihar students protest against reservation

Hundreds of medical and engineering students took to the streets to join a countrywide protest.

india Updated: May 02, 2006 22:29 IST

Hundreds of medical and engineering students on Tuesday took to the streets to join a countrywide protest against the Government's move to set a quota for OBC students in institutions of higher learning.

Starting from the main gate of the Patna Medical College and Hospital, students of the PMCH, Nalanda Medical College and Hospital, Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital and National Institute of Technology marched through the roads of the capital.

They burnt effigies of Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh and former Prime Minister VP Singh, who had implemented the Mandal Commission's recommendations for job quotas for OBCs.

Criticising the HRD minister, a protestor alleged the move was a "cheap political game aimed at dividing society on caste lines".

Another student said, "While our President is dreaming of making India a developed country by 2020, the Government wants to compromise the quality of education by proposing caste-based reservation in premier institutions."

The students warned they would intensify their protest if the Government did not shelve its plan to introduce a quota for OBCs.

First Published: May 02, 2006 17:09 IST