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Quota stir: IIT Kanpur students adopt 'Bharat'

Agitating students have adopted the surname "Bharat" against the proposed reservations for OBCs.

india Updated: May 30, 2006 17:46 IST

Agitating students of Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur have adopted the surname "Bharat" against the proposed reservations for OBCs in higher education.

"From today onwards, students would use "Bharat" instead of their surnames," spokesman of Forum of Indians against Reservation (FIR) of IIT Kanpur unit Rahul "Bharat" said.

He said the third batch of ten students, including three girl students, went on a 24-hour relay fast at the IIT campus on Tuesday.

Those who joined in the relay fast were Umendra Bharat, Ritesh Bharat, Atul Bharat, Rajesh Bharat, Suman Bharat, Indrani Bharat, Krinal Bharat, Apoorva Bharat and Prabha Bharat, he said.

The fasting engineering students were provided medical check-ups by the IIT administration.

The spokesman claimed students of various educational institutions of medical and engineering and Kanpur University colleges had extended "full support" to the agitation against quotas for OBCs in institutions of higher learning.

First Published: May 30, 2006 17:46 IST