Pri­vate, deemed in­sti­tutes act against domicile reser­va­tion

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - Shreya Bhandary


A day after HT re­ported the state gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to in­tro­duce 67% domicile reser­va­tion in pri­vate and deemed med­i­cal and den­tal in­sti­tutes in Ma­ha­rash­tra, the in­sti­tutes are mak­ing their dis­plea­sure pub­lic.

While a group of pri­vate in­sti­tutes are plan­ning to speak with the gov­ern­ment about this de­ci­sion, oth­ers are gath­er­ing sup­port of pri­vate and deemed med­i­cal in­sti­tutes from across the coun­try in or­der to file a na­tion­al­level in­ter­ven­tion, seek­ing ex­emp­tion from state con­trolled ad­mis­sions.

“There should be just one cri­te­ria for ad­mis­sion — merit. A stu­dent’s caste, creed or place of birth should have no stake on an ed­u­ca­tion seat. The gov­ern­ment can go about mak­ing reser­va­tions for gov­ern­ment-run in­sti­tutes but not on pri­vate and deemed in­sti­tutes,” said Ka­mal Kishore Kadam, pres­i­dent of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Man­age­ment of Unaided Pri­vate Med­i­cal and Den­tal Col­leges.

He added that the gov­ern­ment should have no stake on pri­vate and deemed med­i­cal in­sti­tutes, es­pe­cially since they don’t in­vest in them.

Ac­cord­ing to a gov­ern­ment res­o­lu­tion (GR) re­leased by the med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment on Thurs­day evening, the state has de­cided to keep aside more than 67% of seats in pri­vate and deemed in­sti­tutes for can­di­dates with the state domicile. Also, for the first time 25% of the seats in deemed med­i­cal and den­tal uni­ver­si­ties will be re­served for can­di­dates from the Sched­uled Caste (SC), Sched­uled Tribe (ST), Vimukta Jati, Nomedic Tribes (VJNT) and Other Back­ward Classes (OBC).

“The gov­ern­ment talks about equal­ity and zero-bias ad­mis­sions, and then in­tro­duces such bi­ases. In­stead, the gov­ern­ment’s con­cern should be to en­sure fair and trans­par­ent ad­mis­sions,” said Kadam. He added that they are plan­ning to or­gan­ise a meet­ing with state gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials in next week.

Mean­while, deemed in­sti­tutes are not pleased with the in­tro­duc­tion of so­cial reser­va­tion by the state gov­ern­ment for un­der­grad­u­ate and post graduate med­i­cal and den­tal ad­mis­sions. “This kind of gov­ern­ment con­trol is un­in­vited and against our deemed sta­tus. We will gather sup­port from other in­sti­tutes from across the coun­try and plan a na­tional-level in­ter­ven­tion soon,” said a spokesper­son of a state-based deemed in­sti­tute.

Two BEST driv­ers have been ar­rested for al­legedly rap­ing a woman in Ulhasnagar.

The po­lice said the com­plain ant knew the two men as they lived in the same area.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the woman, a home-maker from Ulhasnagar, ap­proached the ac­cused as she was in need of some money.

In her com­plaint, the woman told the po­lice that after she asked them for money, they called her to one of the ac­cused’s home one af­ter­noon.

The ac­cused then al­legedly as­saulted her and asked her to un­dress. When she screamed for help and tried to es­cape, they al­legedly threat­ened her with a knife, the po­lice said.

“The woman told us that the two men took turns to rape her and both times, videos of the crime were shot,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer from the Hill Line po­lice sta­tion. “They let her go, but warned her that the videos will be cir­cu­lated if she spoke about the crime to any­one,” the of­fi­cer said, re­quest­ing anonymity.

Both the ac­cused have been ar­rested and have been re­manded in po­lice cus­tody till May 5. We found out that they both worked as driv­ers for BEST. We have sent them and the woman for a med­i­cal test,” said Mo­han Wagh­mare, se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor.

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