Vishal Kamal, IIT BHU answers:
How can we justify even the reservation in India’s most prestigious engineering college ? Forget the damn scholarship . Isn’t it devastating that 49.5 % of total seats are reserved for these so called socially and economically deprived people ? First Indian government gives a seat to these undeserving candidates and even more , offers them free technical education . Can there be any other example where such waste of talent and money takes place ? No way !
But , what is even more devastating is this –
The Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) was developed by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) as a more precise and comprehensive means of estimating poverty levels.
The Oxford University research exposed high levels of poverty among India’s oppressed castes and tribal peoples. The poverty level among India’s so-called Scheduled Tribes is 81.4 percent. The intensity of poverty is also very high among Scheduled Tribes, who are deprived in 59.2 percent of weighted indicators on average. The MPI for Scheduled Castes was 65.8 percent and for Other Backward Castes (OBC) was 58.3 percent. _________________________
It’s estimated that 70% of Below Poverty Line in India comprises of Scheduled caste people . It’s very difficult for an Sc/ST/OBC student to crack JEE advanced and once they crack this exam , they have to face even a bigger problem . How will they afford at least 1.20 lakh Rupees per year for this technical education ? I mean come on , this comprises only of tuition and hostel fee . What about other expenses ?
I think at least 40,000 rs would be enough in minimal living condition . So a total of 1.6 lakh rs per year . Oh , did we include the cost of a laptop , a bicycle and food ? No .
So what we conclude from all this is that it’s not an easy task for reserved category students to get education in IITs . I do agree that there are some reserved category students who take advantage of all this . I guess at least 30 % of reserved category students are economically well and they can afford all this on their own . This is a flaw in the system and we have to accept it . There are flaws even in Indian democracy -government of the people , by the people . there are many politicians inside Indian parliament who should have been in Jail still we prefer democracy . Why ? because it is the best way to elect a public servant , though it has some flaws .
I was there at IIT Kanpur while JEE counselling , and I met two SC( Reserved category ) students there . One of them was a girl and another was a boy .
I was pretty amazed to know that the boy did not even bring the caste certificate with him . He said that he did not know that caste certificate was required for counselling . And that girl ? she was the only one from her family who could understand English . Why am I telling all this ?
what I want to submit is that , even if a single reserved category student is not able to get admission in IITs due to strict admission policies- like bringing an income certificate – because no one in his/her family knew about it , It would be a slap on Indian reservation policy .
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