Reservations in India (contd)

Atanu Dey continues his persuasive arguments against reservation:

The fundamental problem with the Indian economy is that the education system is one of the most flawed systems in the country. If there is one sector which is in dire need of reform, it is that education system. The most urgently required reform is to get the government out of itlock, stock, and barrel. The recent move by the government to further increase quotas in the so-called elite institutions with a view to social justice is akin to rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. No, I take that back: it is akin to scuttling the lifeboats even as the ship is sinking.

Is there no role for the government in the education sector? Yes, there is, but it is severely restricted to three functions:

* First, funding (but not the provisioning) of universal education up to high school level

* Second, providing an independent regulatory authority for the higher education sector so that private firms can compete fairly on a level playing field

* Third, providing educational loan guarantees to banks

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Rajesh Jain

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