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Sunday, January 15, 2006


N Senthil Kumar was overjoyed in February 2005 to have topped the entrance test for the prestigious Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Pondicherry. But to his shock, he could not find a seat in the PG course.

Reason: 50% of the total seats were filled through an entrance test conducted by AIIMS, and the rest was filled by students from the reserved category.
Appearing for the Medical Council of India, counsel Maninder Singh said it was an injustice to a student who topped the entrance test only to be told that no seats were available in the open general category.

He suggested the 50% quota policy be made applicable to total number of seats available after filling half the seats from the all-India quota.

If this isn't perverse, what is? "Secular progressives" will shrug and say that this devious policy of quotas is the only way of dispensing social justice to the "oppressed"! How many more Senthil Kumars will be turned away at the doors of education and employment in the name of "social justice" ("secular progressive" Orwellian for "anti-social injustice")?!


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