It has been quite a while since the government of India has announced that the private and corporate educational institutions must cater about 25% of their seats to students from weaker economic sections. However, this has not gone well with many of them and they have raised huge protests about it. While the intent of the government is understood, the argument that the private institutions have put up has given rise to a new question- is it really taxing for them to adhere to this?
Apparently, the common justification given by many institutions is that it could give a sharp dent to their revenue budgets and make it difficult for them to run the show. And the second point being brought forward is the resistance from the parents of the higher sections of the society who may not want their children to share the same bench with a student from the street. While the social stigma and financial constraints are considered to be the hiccups here is something more embarrassing.
A recent survey has revealed that more than the parents of the actual financial hiccups, it is the stand taken by the educational institutions which is causing the trouble. For one, it is clear that the institutions are not willing to compromise on their earning prospects as they want to squeeze the last penny from each student. Also, their attitude of creating social barriers among students has been responsible for the students of weaker sections not getting an opportunity.
Many academic experts however mention that there is an element of reality to the social issue but then there are many ways such problems can be handled. They add that if the private educational institutions are not keen on mixing the students, they can always set up institutions catering to the need of the downtrodden section. A nominal fee can be charged to them with basic amenities. If there is a will then the many private educational institutions definitely can do a lot of things for the poor students. It is all about the conviction and the intent to do good to the society.