Friday, December 02, 2005

Supreme Court says 'no' to TN ...

... on the issue of caste based reservation of 'seats' in privately funded professional colleges that take no aid or help from the government. The reports in both the Hindu and the Economic Times cover the background of this case quite adequately.

Interestingly, the private colleges wouldn't mind some form of reservation, if two conditions are met: (a) students joining under the 'reserved quota' don't demand any concessions in tuition fees, and (b) the government does not keep to itself the power to decide who, among the beneficiaries, will go to which college.

In particular, I have a feeling that it is the latter that they fear the most; once the government keeps to itself some avenues for interfering in their affairs, the private college managers fear that it will keep up the tempo of the chant "yeh dil maange more'.

This might yet happen, and I believe that the private colleges are on a losing wicket here. After all, on this issue, the public opinion is against them by a huge majority. Is it any wonder, then, that politicians of pretty much every stripe have been threatening to bring reservation back into private colleges through a central legislation?

To my knowledge, this Bill has not been tabled as of yesterday [correct me if I am wrong here]. This judgement may provide the trigger for fast-tracking it in the ongoing Winter Session of the Parliament.