The latest judgment of the Supreme Court on the issue of reservation in higher education has come out. The judgement is based on a batch petitions filed by some MBBS doctors who complained about eligibility criteria for admissions to certain PG medical courses in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu. These states permitted only those domiciled in these states to get admitted into these courses. The court went beyond the immediate question before it and gave sweeping comments over the reservation policy as a whole. A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and P C Pant went on to state that despite several reminders to the central and state governments to make merit the primary criteria for admissions into super-specialty courses, the ground reality remains that ‘reservation often holds sway over merit’. This false dichotomy of deserve versus reserve has been constantly used by the ruling classes to deny social justice to the marginalised and oppressed sections of the society.
The Central Executive Committee of SFI condemns the statement on Reservation by the Supreme Court. Any move to scrap reservation in education sector will be resisted strongly. It is also a matter of deep concern that such a statement is coming at a time when the anti-reservation forces are in power at the center. The Supreme Court judgment is something which stands against the notion of social justice. SFI urges all the state governments and central government to reject the Supreme Court statement. We also demand the reservation should be properly implemented in all educational institutions including private sector.
It has been consistently proved by eminent academics that the efficiency argument used to oppose the reservation does not stand logical scrutiny.
SFI demands that the Super speciality courses in the medical stream should be no exception to the reservation policy and it is the need of hour to ensure that the higher education which remains the privilege of the elites of the society should be democratised.
Dr. V Sivadasan Ritabrata Banerjee MP
President General Secretary