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Miffed DU voices quota grouse

They say that money allocated is not enough to expand infrastructure for additional students, report Anuradha Mukherjee & Chetan Chauhan.

india Updated: Dec 04, 2006 03:23 IST

The vice-chancellor of Delhi University, Deepak Pental, on Sunday joined the chorus of those complaining against the Veerappa Moily Committee’s recommendations on implementing 27 per cent reservation for other backward classes (OBCs) in central educational institutions.

At the annual convention of the Faculty of Management Studies, Pental said one year was not enough to create infrastructure for the additional students.

Even the staggered implementation suggested by the Moily committee — introducing reservations in the humanities section from 2007, while doing the same in the science sections after two years — was impractical, he said.

"We will have to increase the number of students at the university from 1.2 lakh to over 2 lakh. A huge infrastructure overhaul is needed," he told



Pental said the Moily Committee’s recommendations were not in consonance with the final report of the Hamid Committee in which the vice-chancellors of central universities had agreed that the expansion would be carried out in a phased manner over three years.

Earlier, on November 30, the vice chancellors of several central universities had harped on the need for more funding. Pental said, “The funds allocated by the Moily Committee are not enough.

There are plans to fiddle with it further.” He also pointed out that there had been no official word on how to implement the quota, which is supposed to begin from 2007-08.

The IITs too are complaining. On November 21, directors of the seven IITs informed HRD Minister Arjun Singh about the constraints of space, infrastructure and faculty they faced in implementing reservations for OBCs.

Moily, meanwhile, has counselled patience. “The government can have a re-look at the recommendations,” he said. However, he added that the institutes were given a fair hearing while finalising his committee's report. Arjun Singh could not be contacted for comment.

First Published: Dec 04, 2006 03:23 IST