In national interest scrap quota in higher education institutions: Supreme Court

Regretting that some “privilege remains unchanged” even after 68 years of independence, the Supreme Court held Tuesday that national interest requires doing away with all forms of reservation in institutions of higher education, and urged the Centre to take effective steps “objectively”. A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and P C Pant noted that despite several reminders to the central and state governments to make merit the primary criteria for admissions into super-specialty courses, the ground reality remains that reservation often holds sway over merit.

 

“The fond hope has remained in the sphere of hope… The said privilege remains unchanged, as if (it is) to compete with eternity,” the bench remarked, adding that it concurs completely with what the Supreme Court had ruled in 1988 in two judgments. In these two cases, while dealing with the issue of reservation in super-specialty courses in medical institutions, the top court had said “there should really be no reservation” since it is in the general interest of the country for improving the standard of higher education, and thereby improving the quality of available medical services to the people of India. “We hope and trust that the Government of India and the state governments shall seriously consider this aspect of the matter without delay and appropriate guidelines shall be evolved…” these judgments stated. 

 

 

Emphasising what the apex court held 27 years ago, the bench said it is now “inclined” to convey the same message to the central and state governments over reservation in institutions of higher education. “Therefore, we echo the same feeling and reiterate the aspirations of others so that authorities can objectively assess and approach the situation so that the national interest can become paramount,” the court said.

 

 

 It also referred to a body of judgments, asking government authorities to abstain from relaxing the eligibility criteria basing it on various kinds of reservation since it would defeat the very object of imparting the best possible training to selected meritorious candidates. The bench made these observations as it delivered its judgment on a batch of petitions, which had challenged an eligibility criteria for admissions into certain super-specialty medical courses in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu. They allowed only those having domicile in the three states to appear for the examination, thereby making the seats reserved only for such candidates, based on residence.

 

 The bench said it cannot interfere with the admission process in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana since a Presidential Order has created an exception and the constitutionality of this Order had not been challenged. But it agreed to examine on November 4 whether Tamil Nadu could do the same and allow this form of reservation in a post-graduate programme. Even as it expressed its inability to adjudicate the constitutionality of the special privilege granted to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana under Article 371-D of the Constitution and the Presidential Order, the bench observed that such privileges ought to be reconsidered by the governments and steps be taken. 

 

 

 

Latest Articles

  • Teachers Deserve to be Supported Not Attacked
    Teachers Deserve to be Supported Not Attacked

    Everyone seems to be aware of the plight of teachers in Florida, except Gov. Jeb Bush and the Legi. Read More

  • Smriti Irani launches GIAN to boost higher education with internationa
    Smriti Irani launches GIAN to boost higher education with internationa

    To boost the quality of higher education in India, government has launched Global Initiative of Acad. Read More

  • Education Department to School Districts Test Less
    Education Department to School Districts Test Less

    Students shouldnt spend more than 2 percent of time taking tests, the Education Department says. &n. Read More

  •  Teaching is never easy but it can definitely be fun
    Teaching is never easy but it can definitely be fun

     When you’re having fun in the classroom, kids will have fun too and learn somethin. Read More

  • Approval from education boards must for students wanting to change nam
    Approval from education boards must for students wanting to change nam

    To deter candidates from prefixing their names with A during the Delhi University Students Union (DU. Read More

Latest Classified

  • Diamond manufacturers-Wholesale Suppliers sales in
    kmcf027We offer a wide range of loose diamonds in number of shapes and sizes.The range of diamonds are as per international standards. They are highly durable and provide a long la
  • Manav Health Fitness Club And Gym
      Manav Health Fitness Club and Gym. All types of exercises like dance,Aerobics,                 Stretching, Floor exercise, Weig
  • BEST CWE BANK CLERK COACHING INSTITUTE
    INDOSS Institute  is a leading institute and the only specialized institute imparting comprehensive training program to students preparing for Bank PO and clerical exams.INDOSS INSTITUTE BECOMES
  • PLACE YOUR WEBSITE IN TOP RANK AND GET GUARANTEED TRAFFIC…
    (unixd2282s) If you want to attract millions to Visit your website. Place your website at the TOP RANK with us and multiply your profits with cost effective methods. We at UNIX Provide your p
  • Education ..In Web Designing
    Be a Website Designer. Start your own website designing Business from your home. We offer quality training our Courses includes HTML, CSS, Jquery Slider, Contact us form with PHP and Photoshop CS leve

Top Featured Institutes