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MAHE opposes quota extn in higher education

Written by: Staff

Bangalore, May 17: The Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), a deemed university, today opposed extension of reservation, stating that the Government should ensure adequate facilities to the economically and socially backward so that they improve their lot and be prepared to compete in the global environment.

MAHE Chancellor Ramdas Pai told newspersons here that education was part of the knowledge society which had to compete globally.

''We can't have lower standards. The Government could take corrective steps to ensure that the socially and economically disadvantaged were brought to the forefront," he added.

He said the Government should also increase the capacity in educational institutions, especially in higher education, and allow more students to enroll. With regard to medical education, the regulatory authorities and the Government should make available more medical seats, besides ensuring various hospitals in the Government and private sector make available facilities to medical colleges. Only this could solve the probem, he added.

Dr Pai, also the Chairman of the Manipal Group, said that even the current reservation policy benefited only the creamy layer in various castes and sections and those genuinely in need of support were deprived of it. The Government should ensure that those in the creamy layer were kept out of reservation quotas, he suggested.


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