Thursday, August 25, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Demand for reservation in new bill

Demand for reservation in new bill

Delegation proposes places be reserved in private universities for
weaker sections of society

By Pamela Raghunath, Correspondent
Published: 00:00 August 25, 2011
Gulf News

Mumbai: A delegation led by Republican Party of India (A) president
Ramdas Athawale met Maharashtra Governor K. Sankaranaryanan yesterday
and demanded that some places be reserved for weaker segments of
society in self-financed private universities.

The delegation told the Governor that the Self-financed Universities
Bill recently passed by the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly did not
provide for constitutional safeguards to the weaker sections,
including Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Vimukta Jati
and Nomadic Tribes (VJNT) and other backward classes (OBC), guaranteed
by the Constitution of India.

Athawale demanded private and unaided universities should ensure
reserved spaces for the weaker sections of society, as the provisions
of the Maharashtra Universities' Act 1994 also did not reflect this.

The new bill is meant to promote higher education and encourage
participation by the private sector in setting up self-financed
universities in the state. This step has been taken by other states
like Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Assam, Gujarat and Karnataka.

Article continues below


Though this move will not put a financial burden on the state
exchequer, Athwale earlier alleged that the passing of the bill in
haste indicated that the state government was working under the
pressure of education barons and industrialists.

Many politicians of Maharashtra are education tycoons who have built
an empire but there remains a shortage of seats in medical,
engineering and technical courses. This forces students to pay very
high prices to be admitted.

The delegation also told the Governor that the decision-making
authorities of the self-financed universities including the governing
body should have representation of SC, ST, and OBCs.

Athawale also wants private universities to be brought under the
control of the University Grants Commission and Human Resources
Development ministry.

Recent Activity:
Get all ZESTCaste mails sent out in a span of 24 hours in a single mail. Subscribe to the daily digest version by sending a blank mail to, OR, if you have a Yahoo! Id, change your settings at

On this list you can share caste news, discuss caste issues and network with like-minded anti-caste people from across India and the world. Just write to

If you got this mail as a forward, subscribe to ZESTCaste by sending a blank mail to OR, if you have a Yahoo! ID, by visiting

Also have a look at our sister list, ZESTMedia:
There's one number you should know, your Credit Score.


No comments:

Post a Comment

Blog Archive