YFE’s Presentation to the President of India

Presentation to the
President of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
On 10th of January 2007 Suggesting Alternatives to the Government’s Present ‘Unscientific Extended Reservation Policy’ in the Centrally Funded Higher Educational Institutes


10th January 2007
New Delhi

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam,
Hon’able President,
The Republic of India,
Rashtrapati Bhawan,
New Delhi-110001

(Sub: Alternative to the Present ‘Unscientific Extended Reservation Policy’ of Government of India in the centrally funded higher educational institutes.)

Honourable Sir,

We, the students of the Centrally funded institutions like AIIMS, MAMC, Delh University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Indian Institute of Technology (IITs), Indian Institute of Management (IIMs), along with all other Engineering and Medical colleges throughout the country request you to please consider our cause and kindly, pay due attention to our legitimate demands in the greater interests of the nation.

Our demand includes:

  1. Substantial social-economic and educational development programmes with concrete implementation strategies should be drawn for strengthening the base of all sections within the society. There is also a need to establish an independent monitoring authority to oversee the whole procedure of implementation so that the benefits of the programmes must reach to the ‘targeted’ people.
  2. A fact finding independent judicial committee should be constituted to investigate whether the reservation policy of the government has served the cause of uplifting the downtrodden people or whether it has further polarised the nation into various castes and classes thereby further giving rise to numerous problems. The committee should also explore the alternative policy measures to eradicate the century old problems and suggest fair realistic affirmative actions.
  3. If reservation has to be given, then corresponding seats should be increased, so that the merit based seats will not suffer and adequate infrastructure must be provided beforehand, so that the quality of education does not get affected.
  4. The reservation policy should strictly adhere to the supreme court’s direction in the matter of creamy layer, and the creamy layer should be defined in such a way that the benefit should go to those people who are really needy.
  5. We propose that a ‘reservation card’ should be issued to all the ‘targeted’ people with the principle that such opportunity should be availed by them only once in a lifetime and that opportunity should not be extended to their offsprings.

Sir, it is a matter of public concern that if eminent scholars like you and our honourable Prime Minister can come to the forefront without reservation only on the basis of merit, then it is really astonishing, that how they give in to narrow, vested political interests and compulsions, which is very dangerous to the health of our nation and society in the long run. Hence, we appeal that the government should promote ‘meritocracy’ rather than going for a policy other than judicious as the present one.

Sir, we have a feeling that in this country, the legislature, political executive and judiciary are fond of behaving in partisan manner. It has also been observed that what they espouse as the so-called ‘affirmative action’ principle for educational institutions and government jobs are denied by them when it comes to the question of reservation in parliament and legislative constituencies and judiciary. Please, ask for an explanation from these establishments whether a rational and meritorious brain is needed for the execution of judicial, legislative and executive activities only; and not in the life saving medical professions and other occupations.

Esteemed President, we appeal you to please use your good office and all other possible means to initiate a healthy and rational debate in the country, so that, merit may remain a cornerstone of the society, which we strongly believe is the most important ingredient to materialise your vision 2020.

Sincerely Yours,

Youth For Equality, New Delhi