Cast(e) reservations for higher education in a different mould?5 min read 10 Mar 2017, 12:17 AM IST
Implementation of reservation has been beset with a number of challenges such as correct identification of beneficiaries and uncontested interpretation of constitutional provisions
In recent times several relatively better-off social groups such as Jats, Patels, and Marathas, that do not belong to the scheduled castes or tribes, have been agitating for reservations in higher education and jobs. Often, state governments have responded positively by trying to implement new reservation regimes for the Other Backward Classes (OBCs). Although it may be too early to pass judgement on the merits of reservation for OBCs, a recent study by G. Sen and Rakesh Basant (Working Paper No. 2016-07-01 of IIM Ahmedabad) has shown that reservation has not had a significant impact on the participation of OBC in higher education.
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