No 'reservations' on quota policy
By: Vatsala Shrangi Date: 2011-03-22 Place: Delhi
JNU to change its faulty cut-off criteria for OBC seats after Delhi
High Court order
The three-year-long- struggle of some sections of the student
community in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) for proper
implementation of the legally mandated OBC reservations in the
admissions has finally borne fruit.
The University's Academic Council (AC) has asked the varsity
administration to agree to the long-standing demand of the students
and change the faulty cut-off criteria for OBC seats in keeping with
the September 7, 2010 order of the Delhi High Court.
"Finally, the matter has been settled now with the AC accepting that
administration was at fault. We have won our war," said Vismay Bose,
vice-president, All India Students Association (AISA). JNU
Vice-Chancellor S K Sopory has assured that things will be set right.
"The HC verdict will be implemented.
There had been a few inconsistencies within the administration, which
will be sorted out. It is a democratic institution," he said. Student
leaders at the University said that they had held protest marches,
emonstrations, hunger strikes, filed RTI pleas and even taken help of
court to fight this injustice.
House in order: The administrative wing of JNU
"The AC's decision to uphold and implement the Delhi HC verdict is a
significant milestone in ensuring social justice in JNU," said
Ashutosh Sinha, member of Students Federation of India (SFI). There is
however no talk about the fate of some 300 students who had been
refused reservation in the past years owing to the faulty criteria.
"Several other issues need to be addressed by the Academic Council
like the reservation in faculty posts, display of marks of students
seeking admission in JNU, weightage for interviews, and expansion of
recognition for Madarsa certificates in the university. Our struggle
to clinch these issues too to make JNU's admission process socially
inclusive, transparent and democratic will continue," said Shephalika,
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