Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Yogendra Yadav and Satish Deshpande have an affirmative action plan

In the Hindu: Part 1 and Part 2.

This effort is similar to the one by Purushottam Agrawal, that I linked to here.

Yadav and Deshpande are to be congratulated for taking the debate forward to a territory that lies beyond absolutist positions that argue, on one side, for zero percent reservations, and on the other side, for reservations that are based only on caste without any provision for creamy layer (statistics be damned, and through an ordinance if necessary!). There is a lot of nuance in their articles, and I hope to say some more about their specific proposal later.

For the moment, however, let me just quote this curious paragraph from their article:

The scheme we propose here is a modified version of one that was designed for the selection process of a well-known international fellowship programme for higher education, where it was successful for some years. Thousands of applications have already been screened using this scheme. A similar scheme has been used for admissions to Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. The working of this scheme does not seem to offer any insurmountable operational difficulties, despite the vast expansion in scale that some contexts might involve. [with bold emphasis added by me]

Now, does anyone have more information about the JNU scheme? Thanks in advance for any pointers (preferably online).


  1. Anonymous said...

    Hi Abi,

    All I know about the JNU scheme is that it works like the AA program in USA. What hppens is depending on your background you are given some additional points. So if you are OBC, you will get 5 points, if you are OBC girl you will get 10. But, and here is the crucial point, no one gets more than 10 or 15-not sure. Has worked fine with OBC % in JNU close to 23%.

  2. Anonymous said...

    An intruder breaks into a woman's home. He says: I am going to violate your dignity to the fullest extent. The woman demands the intruder leave the house. The intruder says, ok, let's strike a compromise, could we just do this and this? And while we are at it may be if you could just bend over a little bit more? Thanks.

    No thanks.

    Reservation is immoral

  3. Anonymous said...


    On cursoy reading makes sense to me. Will go through it in more detail. What do you think?

  4. Anonymous said...

    And yes, we don't wish to sound pompous but we feel a little vidicated. Check out our reply to you on our blog.

  5. Anonymous said...

    A look at Arjun's singh interview at IBN: http://www.ibnlive.com/news/decision-on-quota-is-final-arjun/11063-4.html

    Shows up some inteeresting statistics. It shows that India's population consists of 32% OBCs and that 23.5% of seats in universities are occupied by OBCs. Mr.Arjun Singh was not aware of this. Does this affect your analysis??

    Also read Mr.Pratap Bhanu Mehta's open letter fo resignation from Knowledge Comission where he outlines a number of reasons why he thinks that the present reservation policy is flawed.

  6. Anonymous said...

    Thanks Prof Abi. Have linked to the Hindu articles on an IIM bulletin board am a part of. I hope many more people read this in order to have a more balanced view on reservations adn why we are even having this debate.



  7. Abi said...

    Confused: Thanks for your info on JNU. And, thanks for the alert about your reply!

    Neela: Thanks for your comment.

    Barbarindian: I admire your tenacity.

    Anon: Thanks for the tip-offs.