Urging enhancement in number of reserved seats in all universities and colleges of Jammu and Kashmir for admission of Gujjar and Bakerwal students, the scheduled tribe community members today demanded provision of reservation proportionate to their population.
They were speaking in a programme organized here by Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation to discuss various aspects of "Admission Issues- Quota for Gujjars and Bakerwals of J&K."
DrJavaidRahi, secretary of Foundation, on the occasion stated that the foundation has written to Vice Chancellors of JK Universities for immediate enhancement of seats for Gujjar-Bakerwal students.
"Foundation is planning to establish a guidance cell in the State to guide community youths in getting admissions, jobs under ST category in country in general and in state in particular," Rahi said.
"There is 6 percent reservation for Gujjars/Bakerwals for admission in Government professional colleges of J&K (as against 14.9 percent population), 5 percent in Jammu University (as against 21 percent population in the province) and 3 percent in Kashmir University (as against 19 percent population in the region). BGSB University Rajouri provides 9 percent reservation to Gujjars and Bakerwals as against more than 50 percent population in the area," the speakers on the occasion said.
They said Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University and Islamic University of Science and Technology so far have no provision for quota/reservation to marginalized groups like SC/STs.
Other who spoke included Dil Nawaz Chodhary, NaveedKhatana, Amir Ali Chechi, M S Arif, Kher-ud Din Chowdhary, NoushadChowdhary and others.