CPI (M) urges PM to review MHRD decision on reservations

‘Country must come forward to help out Kashmiri students’

Srinagar, Dec 24: Stating that whole country must come forward to help out Kashmiri youth in their pressing times, Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, CPI (M) State Secretary and MLA has sought Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh’s personal intervention to get the Ministry of Human Resource Development decision reviewed with regard to rejection of a proposal for reservation and scholarship for the Kashmiri students.

While referring to media reports, he has said the recommendations put forward by the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI) advocating reservation for youth of the state in educational and professional institutions in different states of India was absolutely a reflection of aspirations of students’ community that suffered a lot due to turmoil. As the education system in Jammu and Kashmir is still to recover from turmoil tremors and still far from its revamping.

“It is the moral responsibility of the entire country to come forward to help Kashmiri students as not only the State’s economy was badly affected during the turmoil but the education sector was also hit hard putting future of thousands of students at stake,” Tarigami said while urging Dr Singh to intervene and get the decision reviewed taking Jammu and Kashmir as a special case.

The reservation sought in the backdrop of the 2010 unrest is based on the ground reality that educational institutions, like many sectors, remained closed for most part of the year. “It is not only 2010 unrest but the education in Kashmir was the worst hit sector since the inception of the turmoil in 1989. The NCMEI has rightly said that the students here not only feel depressed, alienated but also terribly frustrated due to continued disturbance in the valley.

In view of stiff competition outside state, the Kashmiris students feel dejected in absence of proper schooling, training and guidance. The ministry of human resource development should reconsider its decision keeping in view the pressing circumstances under which the Kashmiris students go outside and attend the professional entrance examinations. Reservation and scholarship would provide a healing effect on them.

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