P. S. Krishnan, Chief Advisor, National Coalition for Strengthening SCs/STs (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 and its Implementation, advised students belonging to Backward Castes in Siddhartha Medical College to make use of the four per cent reservations in the education sector.
Interacting with the BC ‘E’ category students of MBBS and BDS, Mr. Krishnan, in an apparent attempt to help the students understand the importance of quota, asked the students what they would have done in the absence of a quota. Many among the students admitted that it would not have been possible for them to secure a seat in a medical college had it not been for the reservation.
Mr. Krishnan was in the city to address a State-level seminar on Dalit rights, organised by the local branch of All India Dalit Rights Federation.
Pointing to the fact that the Supreme Court was yet to deliver its final verdict on the reservation issue, he said students’ feedback through such interactive sessions would help him contest the case in the SC effectively.
He initially addressed the students in Urdu explaining them about the whole concept of reservations. He then invited their participation in an interactive session. College Principal Krishna Murthy, Vice-Principal Prasad, Krishna district BC Welfare Officer G. Satyanarayana and others were present.