‘it’s been a month since your boards are over. What’s the plan for higher education beta?’ while Mr. Sharma took tea from his table.
‘I am looking for DU’s cut-off dad or either any private university.’
‘DU?’ dad’s eyes peeled over neeraj.
‘Why don’t you look any other university? You are well aware of how citizen like us are kept discriminated from entering any government university.’
‘Still I am waiting for DU’s cut-off’ neeraj said firmly and walked.
Dad took a deep sigh, regretting.
Perhaps, many of us cannot dream of entering a college like DU because of cut throat competition. Neeraj scored 88% and is an aspiring student for DU. He belongs to General Category and had suffered immensely earlier in his school days. He didn’t get scholarship though his family income was less than 2 lacs. It’s been a huge trouble from the demon called ‘Caste Based Reservations’
It was rather originated through caste discrimination long ago. There were four religions – Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, and Christianity. Under Hindu, there are further four other sections. In which, the lower caste was called Dalits or obvious untouchables. To facilitate and uplift these castes; Reservation Policy was implemented in scholarship, education and jobs. Schedule Tribes (ST), Scheduled Caste (SC) and Other Backward Classes (OBC) are the primary beneficiaries of the reservation policy and some states reservation policy is also for Muslims under category BC(M).
Before moving to the conclusion, it’s important to have a look at the ethics; Constitution of India.
According to the Article 46 of Constitution of India:
The state shall promote with special care the education and economic interest of the weaker sections of the people, and, in particular, of the SC, ST and shall protect them from social injustice & all forms of exploitations.
In context of the Constitution, State Government follow their own policy based upon population constitution of each state where 7.5% of the seats are allocated to the ST, 15% seats to SC. In addition, 27% seats to OBC. Almost 50% seats reserved. Apart from the figures, if any backward class person suffers or is out of seats; he is being placed at the seat of a General at a cost of SC, ST or OBC.
More precisely, Reservation Policy is implemented to uplift and making capable for backward classes to shoulder to shoulder with other sections of the society. Fast forward to the present, SC, ST, OBC had made improvements in their society. Almost all of the weaker sections are admitted in Government Sectors, since the policy has been implemented. At present, half of the Generals are suffering from income statements. Rather, policy needs to change.
Caste Based Reservations should be converted to Deserved Based Reservations. A student scoring 88% is not admitted but a student scoring 62% is admitted either! A family having income statement of Rs. 2 lacs are discarded, on the other hand, a family having income statement of Rs. 5.5 lacs are welcomed! As a result, SC, ST and OBC are taking advantage of their reservations. They know, however, they will be admitted in any institutions or get any ancestral government job. Whether they work hard or not.
Some say, SC, ST, OBC are discriminated. The truth is far from the reality. Why? Don’t reserved candidates have two legs to walk? Don’t they have two hands to work? Or they don’t have mind to think? Then why are there reservations? SC, ST, OBC are not discriminated, generals do.
2016 Delhi University 1st Cut-off list for Science Courses.
Source – http://du.ac.in/du/uploads/Admissions/Cut-off/2016/First/290620161st_Cut_Off_DU_1.pdf
2015 Delhi University 8th Cut-off list for Arts and Commerce Courses:
Source – http://www.du.ac.in/du/uploads/Admissions/Cut-off/2015/Eighth/Artscommerce.pdf
Perhaps, policy needs to change. In the past many political parties harvested its advantages through reservations for their betterment and not for whom it was intended. It was felt that reservations should be allowed to whom were kept out of society to uplift employment opportunities. However, the policy was framed for 10 years; extended again and again either for social reasons or political reasons.
Jats – a community commonly found in the Northern India in Rajasthan and Haryana are included in OBC while in respective states, they are the prime land holders. This states, reservations are purely extended for political advantages instead of social. Other like Minas. We are well aware that community Minas is included in ST category whereas they are in bureaucratic circles. Yadav’s are ruling the roost in Bihar and UP whereas they are included in OBC category.
It’s a harsh truth. The foremost duty of India is to educate its people. Concentrate on education rather on reservations. An educated person will guarantee a job. Provide good education system so that an individual can access to the outer world. Also, most percentage of the poor Generals are set alone against their fate without any resources. There is no need of it; for a rightly educated person because he can have ability to create jobs for others also.
America has backward classes too in its country. The sole reason for their success is they concentrated on education and not in reservations. Only reason India is lacking is; it gives opportunities to reserved and not deserved. It’s a high time for India to wash its hands from reservations and creating new policies of different nature and not caste-based.
Before being an OBC, I am an Indian. Perhaps I feel that requirement to new India is to plan a policy who not only take caste into consideration but also parents salaries, property/income statements into account.
Apart, the following institutions have been kept out of the purview of Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Act, 2006:
* Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai and its ten constituent units, namely:
* Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay
* Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam
* Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore
Institute for Plasma Research, Gandhinagar
* Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Kolkata
* Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata
* Institute of Physics, Bhubaneshwar
Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai
* Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad
* Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
* North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences, Shillong
* Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad
* Space Physics Laboratory, Thiruvananthapuram
* Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun
* Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra
DECLARATION: All the above points are my personal views. It is not intended to hurt in resemblance to any person, community or caste. But in case, if I did; I am sorry for that.