Reservation in education not helping Scheduled Caste students: Study
At a time when the state is trying to restore the legacy of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar — by procuring Indu Mill land for his memorial and buying his London home — a research report has shown the government has failed the people he stood for, in the field of education.
The study — ‘Educational Status of Scheduled Castes in Maharashtra: Attainments and Challenges — by Dr Govardhan Wankhede of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) was commissioned by the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) as part of an analysis conducted in 19 states in India on the issue.
Its conclusion: The benefits of reservation in education have not sufficiently reached the Scheduled Caste (SC).
The study sampled 3,714 respondents (mostly students from Class 6, Class 9 and college students) in 1,586 households across five districts in Maharashtra. It claimed only 7.5% students of SCs have been granted admissions through reservation. This is attributed to complicated and bureaucratic administrative processes, red tape, biased attitudes of officials, corruption and apathy and difficulty in getting caste and income certificates.
The study said only 18% could avail post-matric scholarships. But these students complained about not getting the money even after completing the course. This forced nearly 14% students to discontinue their education after school. It also led to 14% of the households to sell off their land or take loans to support their child’s education.
For the uninitiated, Dhan Mill Compound, a former granary and a cluster of warehouses, has morphed into the city’s modish food, fashion, design and lifestyle destination. Its streets are lined with art cafes, home décor outlets, ateliers, art galleries, pottery studios, dance halls and high-end boutiques, whose facades and interiors are as interesting and experimental as the wares they deal in. Interestingly, all of these fancy establishments are housed in re-purposed warehouse buildings, which still have metal roofs.
According to a Delhi government official, a break-up of the total jobs, including the list of employers and the number of people they hired, will be shared “in a couple of days”. Notably, the government portal was launched by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on July 27, 2020, to help entry-level and blue-collar job seekers connect with employers at a time when the Covid-19 induced lockdown left many people unemployed.
“Manufactures, and start-ups which are working on alternatives to single-use plastic have to pay more GST for raw material. Hence, the Delhi government will write to the Centre and request a reduction in GST rates,” Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai said.
Safdarjung, Delhi’s base weather station, recorded 0.1mm of rainfall between 8:30am and 5:30pm on Sunday. The Capital recorded 1.9mm of rainfall on Saturday and 117.2mm on Friday, making the monthly total 119.2mm so far. The normal monthly average for July is 210.6mm, said weather experts.
Monsoon elevates Adam Khan’s tomb into an emergency sanctuary for passersby (and dogs) speared by sudden showers. Perched atop a Mehrauli hillock, the monument overlooks the Qutub Minar, which appears totally bechara and defenceless in the heavy rain.