Alliance For Social Justice & Students For Social Justice
In a society divided along religious, caste, linguistic, and regional lines, the most efficient way for a dominant segment to perpetuate its hegemony is to keep the subaltern from getting educated. History as well as mythology illustrates this, as seen in the stories of Shambook, Ekalavya, and Manusmriti's prescription to pour molten lead in the ears of a Shudra who dares to hear the Veda. In order to bring about a balance in our society, the Constitution of India has provided for Reservation to SC, ST, and OBC in admission and employment. However, our Universities, which are dominated by upper caste lobbies with their own vested interests, violate the norms of reservation wherever possible and do injustice to SC, ST, OBC students.
In the University of Delhi, discrimination against SC/ST students starts right from the registration process for admission. Just a look at the "Bulletin of Information" makes the height of discrimination evident. While the General Category is given an 80 page glossy "Bulletin of Information" (which has all the relevant information and also a detailed map of Delhi with the Colleges marked in it), SC/ST students are given a shoddily printed eight page bulletin which doesn't have most of the useful information. Other glaring instances of discrimination are: (i) lack of online facility for registration, which forces SC/ST students to physically come down to Delhi with originals of their certificates and mark sheets even to obtain the registration form, (ii) the limited number of choices of subjects and colleges available in the registration form (compared to the unlimited choice available for general students), and (iii) the unavailability of the option to transfer to a College or Course of their choice after taking admission.