Quota move: Students hold protests
Students across India held protests to oppose the Centre's OBC reservation move.india Updated: May 06, 2006 19:07 IST
Medical students of five premier colleges in the capital held a rally on Tuesday against the government's proposed move to provide reservation of seats for backward classes.
Joined by students of other Delhi colleges as well as schools, over a thousand students gathered at the prestigious Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC) and marched towards Jantar Mantar.
The students, who have been agitating for nearly a week by boycotting classes to protest the controversial reservation proposal, shouted slogans like 'reservation is no solution'.
"Our campaign is growing. We have been joined by students of Delhi University as also students of Classes XI and XII," claimed Sujit Shukla of the Vardhaman Mahavir Medical College (VMMC).
The students also launched a signature campaign, asking people supporting them to sign on a 25-metre-long paper sheet.
The agitating medical students are from MAMC, VMMC, AIIMS, University College of Medical Sciences and Lady Hardinge Medical College.
Students from the IITs decided to stay away from the formal protests, at least for now, and are instead organising an online petition against quotas. IIM students too, did not join the march.
Students also took out rallies in Patna, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore and Chennai.