Quotas in IIMs, IITs will dilute merit

I refer to the editorial “Arjun’s quota” (April 10). The Centre’s proposal for reservation for OBCs in IIMs, IITs and Central Universities will adversely affect quality and merit. If a student of general category even after securing 90 per cent marks is denied admission and an OBC student with just 50 per cent marks gets a seat on the basis of his caste, it is illegal 
and disgusting.

This would make brilliant students in the general category students feel insecure. If this is the trend, it won’t be a surprise if the government suddenly introduces quota even on the Indian cricket team. Maybe, Dravid, Pathan and Yuvraj will be dropped from the team to accommodate three players belonging to SC, ST and OBC in the Indian team in the name of “social justice”.

Quota is totally unfair to hard working students. If reservation is the only solution to uplift the backward classes, then economic background and not caste should be the sole criterion for reservation.

ANKUSH JINDAL, Student, Patiala

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After 58 years of Independence, reservations have become totally irrelevant today. The government may help the poor, brilliant students irrespective of their caste and creed with necessary coaching, guidance, scholarships, books and 
tuition fee etc.

However, in the competitive examination, merit should be the sole criterion for selection. Otherwise, it will breed discontent among the youth against the system.

Capt K.D. SHARMA (retd), Ambala


Quotas for IIMs, IITs and Central Universities will affect the interests of general category students very badly. Brilliant students among upper castes will lose their interest in the professional courses.

The intelligence quotient needs to be raised among the reserved castes through coaching and other facilities and not by reservation. Otherwise, professional excellence will become the first casualty. Is this the Centre’s formula for social justice or a mere political gimmick to woo votes in the elections?



The proposal will throw India once again into turmoil as witnessed in the late eighties against the Mandal Commission report. In no case, caste should be the criterion for admission in institutions of higher education.

Quota will compromise talent and merit in the IIMs and IITs. It may even lead to a deep chasm in the social fabric, turning higher education into a breeding ground for casteism, besides putting our students at a disadvantage vis-à-vis those in foreign countries where they are currently valued for their merit.



In India, most low caste communities live in the rural areas with meagre income. These have been socially neglected and ruled by upper classes for thousand of years. History shows how the upper castes created many barriers in the development of the low castes. Majority of upper caste people became rich at the cost of low caste communities.

How can these socially neglected communities compete with others? Today, only the rich classes (most of whom belong to upper castes) can join the IIMs, IITs etc. They can send their wards to private coaching institutes in big cities. But what about the OBCs and others? How will they enter into the IIMs?



What will happen to the industry if we introduce quotas in IIMs and IITs? It will be a big setback to the industry. The industry has to recruit the personnel purely on merit. A factory has to run with skilled professionals and not by those educated on the basis of their caste.

Those belonging to SC, ST and OBCs can be helped financially to educate themselves, to develop the skills and make themselves employable. It is time to scrap reservation in every sphere, specially in educational institutions.

DEEPAK SARAF, Rampura Phul

Tackling domestic violence

I refer to Rashme Sehgal’s write-up “Law against domestic violence gets delayed” (March 27). Undoubtedly, the Act is well-intentioned. However, if it is implemented in its present form, it will not serve the intended purpose. The term “aggrieved person” is unreasonably wide. It includes any woman who is or has been in a domestic relationship with the accused. It also includes “any person related to her”.

Above all, the Act permits “any person who has reason to believe that an act of violence is likely to be committed can inform the authorities and policeman can enter into your home and investigate things and if the complaint is found to be baseless no action will be taken against the complainant”. A neighbour who has grudge against you and any mischief monger can harass you by making false complaints.

The government should implement this Act only after a thorough debate.

P.S. BAJWA, Chandigarh


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