'Rich, ministers' kids don't need quota'

Minister for Higher Education and District-in-Charge Minister C T Ravi said that reservation for the rich and ministers’ children is not necessary. The reservation should help poor and underprivileged to come up socially, economically and educationally in the society.

Speaking after distributing laptops for the SC/ST research scholars under Special Component Plan (SCP) and Tribal Sub-Plan (TSP) grant allotted to the University here on Friday, he said that Rs 16.24 lakh has been utilised for distributing laptops among 28 research students. Reservation is essential for the upliftment of those who have been exploited by the rich over the years.

However, it will lose its meaning if the children of Minister Karajol, Kharge and Motamma avail it. Unfortunately, in the recent years, it was the only rich who are availing the fruits of reservation.

The financial assistance for the SC/ST students should not become a continuous process. But it should be an aid to come up in life. Those who have already availed the reservation facility and have come up in life should not further seek reservation facilities, so that other poor can avail the facility and come up in life. In case of individual beneficiaries, it was those who have availed reservation will further avail it.

He said that 22.75 per cent fund earmarked for the welfare of SC/ST should be utilised effectively. Social equality is need of the hour.

He said that under SCP/TSP, the government had given Rs 1.15 crore to the Mangalore University, out of which, Rs 47.3 lakh has been disbursed as scholarships, Rs 26.67 lakh as reimbursement of the fee, Rs 25 lakh as hostel expenditure.

MLC Capt Ganesh Karnik said that education helps in empowerment of an individual.
He called upon the students to make use of the reservation facilities, to come up in life. “There is a need to end inequality in society. Though the Constitution of India speaks of equality, we have failed in achieving it due to social evils that are prevalent in the society.

Development is possible only when youth dream of it and education will bring in a change in the society,” he added. Mangalore University VC Prof T C Shivashankaramurthy said that the enrolment ratio of SC/ST students have increased to nine per cent in  post graduation courses and 5.9 per cent in undergraduate courses. The fellowship for the SC/ST research students have been increased to Rs 8,000.  SC/ST Cell special officer Umeshchandra and Registrar Prof P S Yadapadithaya was present.

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