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Sibal says no to quota hike in colleges

Hannover, April 26
Indicating stiff opposition to HRD Minister Arjun Singh’s proposal for hiking the reservation of seats in higher educational institutions like IIMs and IITs, Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal today said, “Nothing should be done that will have a negative impact on India’s ability to compete in the world”.

In an interaction with Indian mediapersons covering the Hannover Fair, the Science and Technology Minister indicated clearly how strong his opposition was to the proposal of the HRD Minister to hike the reservation of seats in the higher educational institutions to 49 per cent.

“No policy should be taken which will dilute the levels of excellence in our research and development and educational institutions. When the West is looking to us for excellence, we should do nothing that will work as a dampener”,' Mr Sibal said.

His remarks against reservation in colleges and universities came close on the heels of the government giving a burial to the proposal for reservation of employment for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in private sector.

Commerce and Industry Minister Kamal Nath had said earlier here that his ministry would come up with a new investment policy that would obviate the need for reservation in jobs. — UNI



Police roughs up protesting medicos
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 26
Medical students protesting against reservation for OBCs were at the receiving end of the Delhi Police’s ire, as they marched towards Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Arjun Singh’s residence here today.

Protesting students raising anti-reservation slogans were stopped by police personnel from reaching the minister’s house on Akbar Road. The students, who were denied permission to petition the minister, were roughed up by the police.

While these students said some of their colleagues were also detained, the police denied the allegation.

Hundreds of students from Delhi’s five medical colleges clashed with the police, which resulted in them getting tear-gassed and sprayed with water cannons, when they blocked traffic on Janpath in the heart of the city this afternoon.

The police also resorted to mild lathicharge. While no injuries were reported, three rounds of tear-gas shells were fired to disperse students, who tried to stage a ‘rasta roko’ to create awareness about the reservation policy and its 'demerits'.

An effigy of the HRD Minister was also burnt near Jantar Mantar and a dharna organised near the Prime Minister’s residence, which was, however, dispersed soon.

In the second leg of demonstrations to protest reservations, these students gathered at Raj Ghat, where they were joined by students from associated hospitals and engineering colleges. Some students from the Delhi University also joined the protests.


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