Demands for removal of the reservation system in institutes of higher education had existed from a long time ago. Massive protests were launched against the reservation of seats in higher educational institutes that has existed in India since after the Independence, but nothing has able to change this law till now. However on 28th October, the Supreme Court of India has finally asked the current government regarding the removal of reservation system in national interest.
This has been a long debate and even after several appeals the decision to finally remove reservation has not yet been taken. The preference of reservation against merit has caused violet protest in the last few years, but availing so result. This Supreme Court order is being seen as a silver lining for those long years of protest for a solely merit-based system for admission in higher educational institutes. The reason for this decision as stated by the Supreme Court is for the general improvement of higher education in the country.
Two cases that were referred for reservation were super-speciality medical courses, but the Supreme Court had stated that ‘there should really be no reservation’. As stated by the Supreme Court on 28th October, “we echo the same feeling and reiterate the aspirations of others so that authorities can objectively assess and approach the situation so that the national interest can become paramount,”. This order has given hopes to many and we can finally see certain steps been taken in this direction.
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