Reservation and the future of meritorious candidates
SYED MAAJID RASHID ANDRABI
This refers to the article “Meritorious Candidate Fails” by Dr. Azmat Alam Khan (GK, Oct 22). The author has beautifully explained how the reservation system helps one get undue advantages even though he may not be a deserving candidate.
The right to education is universal. Education helps one to explore the meaning of life. It is the means through which one comes out of darkness. Education aims at bringing an overall improvement in one’s life and thus serves as an important tool in eradicating the evils present within. The right to education was made by the government with a view to make more and more children educated so that they can effectively contribute to the development of the society and thus to the development of the nation. There is nothing wrong with that, but the government forgot to make a law by which it could address the plight of the students who fail to get themselves selected even after securing good marks to the ones who benefit from the reserved quota. Why isn’t there any law by which it could check whether the candidate who is applying for the reserved quota is truly worthy of it? Why is it that they easily get enrolled in prestigious colleges even with low marks, while the ones who have worked hard throughout the year don’t get the admission?
What is the fun of working hard when you are going to lose it to someone who even does not deserve to be applying for the said quota? The students whose great grandfathers once used to reside in so called backward areas are claiming for the relaxation by the help of the backward certificates that have been issued to them. There is no such mechanism, by which it could be verified that the details furnished in the applicant’s form, are true till date. Even some families have migrated to urban areas and there is a change in every aspect of their living style, but no change in the backward certificate that they used to have. When we talk of other categories that the students claim to have, it is generally seen that they are well off than before and their reasons to be in the reserved quota are totally baseless. The reservation system has a psychological impact on the students. It discourages hard working students because of its nature; it always benefits the students who don’t deserve to apply for the same. Let’s feel the pain of the student who gets rejected while another one, who hasn’t even got one third of his marks, is selected.
The menace of the reservation system is not only limited to admissions only, but it has its implications at the time of employment and promotion as well. The reserved category candidates usually have the edge over all others even if they don’t know anything, thanks to our law making bodies. It has proved to be a serious threat to the career of the deserving students. What will be the future of nation where meritorious students are left out just for the sake of ones who either belong to backward areas or to some other category? Some reserved category students might be facing difficulties in continuing their studies, but shouldn’t we acknowledge the talent of deserving students? Think of competition that a student from a general category has to face. And even when he fares well, he still has a hurdle to cross, and that is to beat a student who is applying under reservation quota. Education is meant to increase one’s efficiency, but if the same framework continued to exist then the day won’t be so far when we may see a change in the definition of education. Why this disparity when all seek to learn?
The government should address this serious issue. To save the career as well as to develop a desire to study among the students, there is an immediate need to review the guidelines which pertain to the reservation system. Further, an efficient policy needs to be formulated, which suits the interests of both the general category as well as the reserved category students. Increase in the intake capacity of the colleges and universities could be a small but a useful step to bring reforms. Further it should be made compulsory to check whether the credentials that have been filled stand true for claiming the said quota. How can a nation progress when the ones who actually hold the key to success are discouraged and not given an opportunity to contribute?
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