Wednesday, June 21, 2006

A passing thought

"Some castes are backward, but some backward castes are more backward than others, and even in those more backward caste some more backward castes are more more backward than other more backward castes and so on ..."

-- Nikesh Rathi's "nested" quote
on backward castes

I was just having a look at the number of castes in India. Here is what I found :

There are 3,000 castes and 25,000 subcastes in India

An idea came into my mind looking at the statistics.

For nearly 3000 odd seats in the IIT, why not reserve one seat for each caste. (taking into account each of the 25,000 subcaste would be a very complicated issue, so am not including it).

Some of the details like the seat allocation and the institute allocation can be done on rotation basis.
For example if there are 100 seats in computer science at IIT, Delhi and a person from my caste is supposed to go there this year. So the next person from my caste can go there after 30 years, when people from all castes would have got a chance.
But all is not over ... A candidate from my caste can study computer science at any of IIT every 4 or 5 years.

Similar process can be followed at the IIMs. Assuming that there are total of about 1500 seats at 6 IIMs, and equal opportunity for everyone is followed, a person from my caste can get admission into an IIM every alternate year. And a person from my caste would pass out from IIM Ahmedabad once every 12 year.

More details can be worked out by our great equalizer respected,honorable,great Mr. Arjun Singh ...

So sir ...

please look into this suggestion ...