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Teachers too voice opposition

THE CENTRE?S decision to hike OBC quota has not only upset the student community but also the faculty members. According to the teachers, the reservation issue would definitely vitiate the academic atmosphere at the professional institutes.

india Updated: May 28, 2006 00:01 IST

THE CENTRE’S decision to hike OBC quota has not only upset the student community but also the faculty members. According to the teachers, the reservation issue would definitely vitiate the academic atmosphere at the professional institutes.

The teachers have also expressed apprehension that the educational institutions would witness an unusual relationship between the reserved and the unreserved class students and teachers. So far, there is no class discrimination among students and they interact in harmony with each other irrespective of their classes.

Students of unreserved category extend all possible help to the OBC or reserved category students without any ill will. But, now with the pronouncement of reservation, the ‘help instinct’ will soon die, they feared. Senior teachers pleading anonymity said that the assurance given by the government to raise the number of seats would deteriorate the standards of education in the country. No doubt raising the number of seats require a simple Government Order but how the basic infrastructure to provide teaching facilities to such a large number of students could be provided. Extension in infrastructure facilities requires huge expenditure, which could not be met by the government. Besides, no alumni would like to take interest in extending financial assistance to create the basic infrastructure at the institutes.

More so there was scarcity of highly qualified faculty to teach the meager number of students at these prestigious institutes and how the additional qualified faculty members could be arranged for addressing a larger number of students, they said.

According to informed sources despite all possible help in studies, the performance of the reserved class students had never been satisfactory and they had to be referred to the special course for ensuring better understanding of the subject.

The professors said that in fact in the absence of strong basic educational background these students faced problems at the higher level where they got entry through reservation. This puts them in a very miserable situation.

“If at all the government sincerely wants to encourage education among the OBC, it should provide facilities for improving thestandard at the primary and higher secondary level by getting them admitted in public schools managed by the government..”

First Published: May 28, 2006 00:01 IST