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?Quota against Constitution?

THE PROPOSED reservation for OBC students in professional institutes was against the framework of the Indian Constitution and in case it was introduced, it would create several constitutional problems, according to MP Arun Shourie, who was talking to newspersons at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-K) here on Sunday.

india Updated: Apr 24, 2006 00:54 IST

THE PROPOSED reservation for OBC students in professional institutes was against the framework of the Indian Constitution and in case it was introduced, it would create several constitutional problems, according to MP Arun Shourie, who was talking to newspersons at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-K) here on Sunday.

Shourie was here to lay the foundation stone of the Institute of Environment Science and Engineering on the IIT-K campus.

He said that the quota proposal was a political move of the government to capture votes to remain in power but the move was dangerous, as it would affect the credibility of the institutes in future.

He said till date many prestigious companies came for campus interviews and offered good jobs to students. They did not hesitate in making the selection, as they were convinced of excellence of the Institute and competence of students who were selected after undergoing a tough entrance test.

But the policy of reservation would tarnish the image of the institute and the companies might hesitate in taking students of the institute, he added.
Shourie also expressed concern over the decision of the government for creating reservation in the private sector.

He said this would discourage good industrial houses to carry on their trade activities in the country, as no private investor would ever prefer to appoint incompetent workers.

He said that the Manmohan Singh government was a very weak government and it could take any decision to gain cheap popularity. He said he ha been writing a book on the reservation policies of the governments since 1951 and the damages it had caused to the nation.