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Quota-based admissions will dent BPO image: ASSOCHAM

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New Delhi, Apr 11 (UNI) India's growing image as a global IT and ITES outsourcing centre for services manufacturing will be negatively affected if the government does not withdraw its proposal to hike reservation of OBCs to 49.5 per cent in prestigious institutions like the IIMs and IITs, the BPO Council of ASSOCHAM said.

The BPO Council of the Chamber pointed out that if about 50 per cent of the students were given admissions to IIMs, IITs, medical and engineering colleges based on caste and not on merit, the quality of the graduates and post-graduates passing out of these institutions would not match global standards.

This, in turn, would shift outsourcing to competing countries like Brazil, China, Israel, Eastern Europe and the South-East Asian countries, it added.

''The jobs moving to the Indian BPOs, KPOs and global R&D centers -- in areas of software development, automobile, pharmaceuticals, gems and jewellery, bio-technology -- would shift to our competitors. If the government goes ahead with the proposed hike in seat reservation, we may be faced with a situation where there would not be enough jobs left for the pass-outs from these colleges'', the Chamber pointed out.

The trend of the MNCs lining up for placements from these colleges may reverse, if quota prevails over merit, it added.

Growing at an impressive pace of over 40 per cent, the BPO industry is well above the 6 billion dollar mark providing employment to 5 lakh professionals.

The answer to empower the socially and economically backward classes lies in increasing the number of professional colleges and universities. Besides, the students from the backward classes should be given monetary help to advance their skills and faculty to compete with other meritorious students, it said.

''We know, not many students from the backward classes can afford the coaching classes in the private sector. The government can tie up with these coaching centers, bearing part of the tuition fee for the students from the weaker sections. Once they are empowered to compete along with their peers from socially upper classes, the social divide would become meaningless'', ASSOCHAM President Anil K Agarwal said.

UNI RA MP RK1515

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