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Left questions formation of Knowledge Commission

The CPI(M) derided the National Knowledge Commission, saying the body was far removed from ground realities.

india Updated: May 19, 2006 19:25 IST

The CPI(M) on Friday derided the National Knowledge Commission, which had opposed reservations in elite educational institutions, saying the body was far removed from ground realities.

"I do not know why the Knowledge Commission is even established at the first place and for whose knowledge it is," CPI(M) Politburo member Sitaram Yechury said at a seminar organised by Sahmat on the reservation issue.

The members of the Knowledge Commission headed by Sam Pitroda even meet and deliberate on cyber space and that itself shows they are far removed from the ground realities, he said.

The CPI(M) leader also slammed the popular perception that creating more jobs in call centres and BPOs will lead to building a knowledge society.

"Only when we expand our education base we can create a knowledge society... Investment in education is imperative for creating such a society," he added.

Mounting pressure on the government, which his party supports from outside, he said the need of the hour was to implement the proposal for introduction of 27 per cent quota for OBCs in elite educational institutions and reiterated the idea of introduction of "creamy layer" concept in the quota.

"Even 27 per cent reservation is not equivalent to their population. It is half or less than half of their population. So the question is who should get the reservation benefits. It should go to the most deserving," he said.

He also favoured a mechanism to check brain drain so that the society as a whole can enjoy the benefits of the money invested in education.

First Published: May 19, 2006 19:25 IST