People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
May 21, 2006
Reiterates Support For
central executive committee of the Students’ Federation of India (SFI)
supports the move of the central government to provide for 27 per cent of
reservations to the OBCs. SFI demands the government to immediately call a
meeting to discuss the issue and come out with the proposed legislation
immediately. We condemn the high-handed attitude of the police towards the
believes that the government should also increase the number of premier
institutes like IIT, IIM, AIIMS etc., and the number of seats available for
admission. It is sad that the government is failing to address the growing
demand for higher education in our country and start new institutes. Unless this
demand is satisfied by the government taking its due responsibility in providing
education to the people, there is bound to be an intense competition for the few
seats available with the competing students thinking that each one is a
potential obstacle in realising their goals.
The government should immediately take steps to enact a legislation in the Parliament and ensure that reservations are provided in the private self-financing institutes, the real intention of the 93rd Constitutional Amendment. We believe that reservations do not affect quality in higher education but in turn will give some solace to the deprived classes of the society. Reservations are a temporary solution to the problem of access to education and employment opportunities. The real solution would be in realizing the goal of ‘education for all and jobs for all’. Land reforms, empowering the small producers etc are some of the important steps towards this end. Until this state is achieved reservations should continue with an effort to see that the benefits are accrued to all deprived.
expresses its displeasure at the majority vote of the National Knowledge
Commission against reservations. The statement of the Chairman is against the
spirit of the mandate on which the UPA government is formed and the general
national consensus when the 93rd Constitutional Amendment was passed.
government should not leave this job to the private participants as worldwide
experience shows that expansion of higher education never took place without
government’s active role. SFI opposes the proposal of the Deputy Chairman of
the Planning Commission giving a call for the setting up of private educational
companies. This is against the recommendations of the National Institute of
Educational Policy and Administration (NIEPA), a government institute that
advices it on the matters of education.