TAMIL NADU

Bring in comprehensive legislation on quota: PMK

Special Correspondent

PONDICHERRY: The PMK Parliamentary party leader, M.Ramadass, has called upon the Union Human Resources Development (HRD) Minister to bring in a comprehensive legislation to declare reservation to protect the students belonging to weaker and downtrodden and backward classes in getting admission to professional colleges.

In a release from New Delhi on Thursday, he said that the Supreme Court in its recent order had caused `anomalous situation' and had also sanctioned unfettered rights to the unaided private colleges to decide the admission without interference by the government.

He said that actually there could be no unfettered rights for any unaided institutions.

No institution could be beyond the purview of the society, he said. Stressing the need for coming to the rescue of the poor students in meeting their academic aspirations Mr.Ramadass, said that a number of high powered bodies and committees had pointed out in no uncertain terms that the government should spend six per cent of the Gross Domestic Product on education. `We have not taken this advice' he said and added that `we have withdrawn from our responsibility to provide higher education and have allowed all kinds of institutions into the sphere of higher education.'

He said that the private institutions by and large were not having proper faculty and were charging higher fees.

They did not also provide quality education and no standardised education was available for all practical purposes.

Mr.Ramadass requested the HRD Minister to constitute a high-powered committee with experts in academic sector, legal luminaries, economists and sociologists to draft a legislation keeping in view the constitutional guarantees for social justice. The government should also open more professional colleges in the country and dispense with reliance on private sector.

The legislation that had to be drafted in this regard should also declare that the respective State Governments would decide the quota of reservation based on local realities and availability of institutions, he said.