Thursday, May 26, 2011

[ZESTCaste] IIT results show success of quota

IIT results show success of quota
TNN | May 26, 2011, 03.59am IST

HYDERABAD: A new trend has surfaced in the IIT results this year. A
large number of SC, ST and OBC students have made it to the open
category list, securing some of the top ranks this year.

Karimnagar boy J Varun, for instance, who bagged the ninth rank in the
open category, secured the first rank in the OBC category. He said he
would take admission in IIT-Bombay in the open category as he has
earned it. Another student Rama Krishna Banoth, who scored first rank
in the ST category, has secured 133rd rank in the open category.

This year, the trend is not limited to a few, say IIT officials. "In
JEE-2011 the performance of SC students is brilliant. This year, the
SC seat list will be completely occupied, as against the previous
years. And now many of the general category ranks are occupied by
these students," said T S Natarajan, chairman, JEE South Zone
Committee. IIT officials said that at least

10-15% of the students from the reservation categories have made it to
the general category too.

IIT experts from the city said that, even in the previous years some
students from SC and OBC categories made it to the general category,
but the figures this year are mind-boggling, they said. "In reserved
category list, the state has secured about 35 ranks. And most of the
rank-holders have secured ranks ranging from 9 to 250 in general
category. This would mean that more number of students from these
communities are making their way into what was once reserved only for
OC students," said Chukka Ramaiah, who has been training students from
these communities for the last many years.

Welcoming the trend, P M Bhargava, former vice-chairman, National
Knowledge Commission said that this indicates the success of the
reservation policy adopted by the government. "The idea behind
reservation is to make socially and economically backward communities
get access to education and other facilities which were once
monopolised by the privileged classes and castes. After generations of
reservation benefiting people, now emerges a new generation of Dalits
and BCs who do not need reservations as they have become very much a
part of what is called the "merit" list," he said.

According to IIT officials, in the past five years, there has been a
momentous growth in the number of students from these communities
making it to IITs. "A new social change is under way and IITs welcome
that," said Natarajan.

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