Tuesday, July 19, 2011

[ZESTCaste] ‘AIIMS flouting policy on reservation for SC/ST'


NEW DELHI, July 18, 2011
'AIIMS flouting policy on reservation for SC/ST'
Staff Reporter

The Forum for Rights and Equality demands a probe, action against the guilty

The Forum for Rights and Equality, AIIMS, has written to the Institute
director Prof. R. C. Deka stating that the premier organisation has
been flouting the government policy of reservation for Scheduled
Castes and Scheduled Tribes (SC/ST) in the recruitment/selection for
B.Sc and M.Sc. nursing courses.

"This is rather painful and disheartening to note that the process of
infraction of government policy of reservation for SC/ST that has
gravely affected the faculty, resident and the MBBS
recruitment/selection respectively has now engulfed the B.Sc. and
M.Sc. nursing course of AIIMS," noted the letter.

"A look at the prospectus (August 2011 Session) page 6 reveals that 18
seats of M.Sc. Nursing has been divided into 14 unreserved and four
Other Backward Castes. There is no reservation for SC/ST. Also of the
60 seats for B.Sc. (Honours) Nursing has been divided - 39 unreserved,
seven SC, four ST and 10 OBC. The number of seats for SC/ST ought to
be nine and five respectively as per their entitlement prescribed in
the prospectus itself," noted the letter.

The letter further notes that the prospectus categorically mentions
under the title 'Reservation of Seats' -- 15 per cent and 7.5 per cent
of the seats are reserved for candidates belonging to the SC/ST
communities respectively.

"It is also significant to note that there is no mention of OBC
reservation in the paragraph on page 6 of the prospectus. The record
reveals that the aforesaid denial of reservation started at a time
2009-2010. We are surprised at how AIIMS can allow such violation and
request the AIIMS director to immediately put the process of admission
on hold pending the due correction being made in terms of protecting
the Constitutional rights of SC/ST and awarding them the entitled
number of seats," noted the Forum.

"We demand that a time-bound inquiry be conducted to fix the
responsibility and strict action taken against the guilty," demanded
the Forum.

AIIMS spokesperson Dr. Y. K. Gupta, however, pointed out that the
Institute follows the Government reservation policy for all


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