19 April, 2021

27%: A Pass Mark

A year after quota, Outlook finds its students do as well as others

Kedar Bhat
27%: A Pass Mark

A year is perhaps too short a time-frame to judge the impact of reservations. But since a beginning had been made last year in the wake of a Supreme Court order in August 2008 to have 27 per cent seats reserved for OBCs in centrally funded higher institutes of learning, Outlook accessed records from a few premier institutes—IIT Kanpur, IIM Ahmedabad and two Delhi-based colleges, Hindu and Lady Shri Ram—to gauge the performance of students admitted through the OBC quota. And the good news is that all these students have fared rather well—a fact confirmed by teachers in these institutions.

Quite clearly, the mood of belligerence and protest that marked 2006 when reservations were announced has given way to a reasoned logic that an inclusive society is a must for any democracy. And contrary to the fear, the presence of OBC students has not in any way compromised the quality of students admitted to these institutions. “We cannot say the inclusion of OBC candidates has affected quality,” affirms Sanjay...

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