Edu, Job Is­sues Ag­i­tat­ing Youth

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Mum­bai: The back­bone of the ‘silent ral­lies’ of the Marathas has been the youth, and the com­mon re­frain ap­pears to be the same — lack of ed­u­ca­tion and jobs. “I se­cured 74% but couldn’t get ad­mis­sion in a col­lege of my choice, while stu­dents who got much less got ad­mis­sion in good col- leges in Pune be­cause they be­long to a par­tic­u­lar com­mu­nity. What’s my crime?” asked Bali­ram Madan, an 18-year-old from Jalna, which is al­most 400 km from Mum­bai.

Bali­ram said he too wanted to get into a col­lege in Pune to study me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing, but said the man­age­ment quota seat was go­ing for ₹ 1.20 lakh. “My fa­ther is a farmer, and our yearly in­come is ₹ 60,000 – how can I get the money?” said Bali­ram, ad­ding that he has been forced to take ad­mis­sion in a col­lege in Au­rangabad where he ‘learns noth­ing’, so there’s lit­tle chance of him getting a job. His friend Tukaram Madan (23) from the same vil­lage said that he wanted to pur­sue higher stud­ies to ful­fill his am­bi­tion of getting into Ma­ha­rash­tra civil ser­vices, but dropped out once he re­alised that he was not getting ad­mis­sion in col­leges. “I have de­cided to go for a job in the po­lice and have been train­ing for it — this is not ideal for me, but this is my only op­tion,” said Tukaram.

Suresh Sureshe (19), who had come from Jalna, said that he wanted to study sci­ence af­ter the 10th stan­dard, but couldn’t get ad­mis­sion in sci­ence stream due to lack of seats. “I wanted to buy a seat, but didn’t have the money to do so. In­stead, I am study­ing arts.”

In fact, the anger from the ru­ral ar­eas has now spilled on to the cities as was ev­i­dent in the case of Amarkant Budhe (25), who lives in Boriv­ili. He said that he came for the rally be­cause he wanted a gov­ern­ment job. “We want reser­va­tion in ed­u­ca­tion and gov­ern­ment jobs, we want the same op­por­tu­nity like oth­ers — why should we lose out?”

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