Ever since it was brought in as a law, OBC
reservation in education institutes has been an issue for debates of various
kinds. Though various views are brought forward in these debates, little or
none of it has reflected in the law. Now with the IIT-Indore announcing hostel
reservation for the OBC students, this issue might come up from debate once
again in the national news.
The announcement in this issue was made by
Thawarchand Gehlot, the central minister for social justice. He announced on
his Facebook profile that 60% reservation would be given to the OBC students at
the hostel facilities of IIT Indore.
Though the announcement saw a major
backlash from the students, the minister stuck to his guns and said that the
remaining 40% allotment would be given to the remaining social categories. It
must be noted here that no such system exists in any other IIT, IIM or the
Talking on this issue, a student of IIT
Jodhpur said, "None of the IITs, IIMs or NITs has this kind of discrimination or
separate accommodation at their campuses. These are institutes of excellence
and such behaviour should not be tolerated. This may shift the focus on caste
instead of merit and talent."
When asked about this move, the minister
said, "These hostels will have 40 per cent of students from other
(social) categories. We are giving Rs 15 crore to ensure that IIT-Indore has
infrastructure for OBC students.”
The authorities of the institute haven’t
given any comments on the matter so far. This episode is certain to reignite
the debate for reservations in education institutes in the country.