Reservations: gains at a cost4 min read . Updated: 14 Apr 2008, 01:34 AM IST
Reservations: gains at a cost
Affirmative action in higher education remains a divisive issue in India. One cannot forget the widespread debates and protests that accompanied the recommendations of the Mandal Commission. More recently, affirmative action has risen again to the forefront of national politics, as the Supreme Court ruled last week to uphold the legal quota of 27% for backward class students in state-run institutions of higher education, which is over and above the 22.5% reserved for scheduled castes (SC) and scheduled tribes (ST). In addition, the court’s decision clarified that the “creamy layer," or the elite, would be exempted from the policy.
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