A provisional report
of All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) indicates a startling fact that
enrollment of Muslim students is lower in higher learning institutions both in
centre and state. It's even lower than Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes
(STs) and Other Backward Classes (OBCs).
Muslim students studying in different colleges, polytechnics
and universities constitute only 4.4 % of students (as mentioned by report at
AISHE website) which is lower than SC's students who amount to 13.4%, ST's too
constitute 4.8% and OBC's are around 32.9%.
If we talk about Telangana, the trend is lower not only in
students (i.e. they lag behind SC, ST and OBCs in student enrollment) but also
who are employed as teachers.
In Hyderabad, academic year 2014-15 witnessed 16.32 lakh
enrollments, out of these OBC enrollment stood at 7.2 lakh, SCs was recorded as
2.63 lakh and the number of STs was recorded as 1.33 lakh, while Muslim
students were a mere 6.57 %.
In fact, if the break up is done gender wise, then too
Muslim girls lag behind girl students belonging to SCs, STs and OBCs. It was
found that in 2014-15, 1.07 lakh Muslim students enrolled, out of this 57,170
are male and 50,233 are female. From the enrollments recorded last year, there
is only marginal increase.
Not only students, but Muslim teachers also lagged behind
SCs, STs and OBCs in the state. Teachers of Muslim community occupied only
0.56% posts of the 1.04 lakh posts available in Telangana state.
The scheduled caste make up for close to 16.6 percent of the
Indian population. At the time of the British rule, they were known as the
Depressed class. They have been given reservation in the parliament, state
legislatures, educational institutes and government jobs to boost their social