GOI TURNS DOWN PROPOSAL ON ‘MAINSTREAMING JK YOUTH’

Rejects NCMEI Move Seeking Reservation For State Youth In Academic, Professional Institutions In India

ZAHID MAQBOOL

Srinagar, Dec 23: Government of India has turned down the recommendations of the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI) seeking reservation for Jammu and Kashmir youth in educational and professional institutions in different states of India.
In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the NCMEI Chairman had recommended that the Government of India may “take necessary urgent measures” to reserve seats for Jammu and Kashmir youth in various educational institutions, including professional ones, in different states of India.
The Chairman had observed that though there was some reservation in few selected institutes, these are restricted to migrants (Pandits) only. “If the reservation is made particularly for those coming from the ‘common man’ category and in suitable cases scholarships are also provided to youth of the downtrodden segment of the community, it will go a long way in mainstreaming the youth from Jammu and Kashmir, further strengthening and stabilizing the national and secular fabric of our nation,” the NCMEI Chairman had stated.
However the Ministry of Human Resource Development has refused to take into consideration the recommendations of the NCMEI. “It may be pointed out that Article 15(1) of the constitution expressly prohibits discrimination on grounds inter-alia of place of birth. The proposal may, therefore not stand the test of constitutionality,” the MHRD has stated.
The MHRD letter further states that the reservation outside the state will be time-consuming and dilatory as the state universities may differ in their reaction to the proposal.
The NCMEI Chairman had sought the reservation in the backdrop of the 2010 unrest in which educational institutions, like many sectors, remained closed for most part of the year. “During my interaction with students of Kashmir, we found that they are not only feeling depressed and alienated but also terribly frustrated due to continued disturbance in the valley. When these students seek admission outside the state, they face very stiff competition for which they have not been properly trained or prepared,” the NCMEI Chairman observed.
He said that it is need of the hour to find an answer in the valley as to why youth of J&K feel isolated and left out. “The solution demands that students of J&K need to be galvanized and must be provided with alternate facilities to ensure them acquire professional and technical higher education so that they are fully equipped to navigate the world,” he said.
“Neither the stirred sentiments nor surcharged emotions of youth can solve their problems. Instead we have to empower them adequately with education so that they can readjust themselves to the changing circumstances.”

Lastupdate on : Sun, 23 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 23 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 24 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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