Yesterday the Supreme Court of India passed a landmark judgment regarding the reservations in education system. Though the battle against the reservation system has been lurking for a year now, followed by the much publicized protests and angry demonstrations across the country.
So now there is a 27% reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in central education institutions including Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs). The Supreme Court ruled but also maintained that the “creamy layer” (details below) among the backwards would not get reservation.
According to Chief Justice K. G. Balakrishnan “Reservation is one of the tools used to preserve essence of equality so that disadvantaged groups can be brought to the forefront of civil life.”
In simple terms: The Apex Court upheld Article 15(5) that was inserted through the 93rd amendment, as well as the Central Education Institutions (Reserve Admission) Act. The amendment allowed reservations in all education institutions, including private colleges. Currently we have 27% quota for OBCs, 17% is reserved for SCs, and 7.5% for STs. The total reservation is now a whopping 49.5%.
What is the Creamy Layer?
Children of the following wont benefit.. for now…
- Servicing and past Presidents, Vice Presidents, Supreme Court judges and High Court judges.
- Class I and II officers of Central and State Services and Public Sector Units.
- Colonels and above in Army and equivalent posts in Navy, Air Force.
- Doctors, Lawyers, Industrialists.
- People owning agricultural land above a certain limit.
- Those who earn over Rs. 2.5 lakh annually.
I feel that the reservations if any should be at the School level and not above that as it kills the competitive spirit of education.