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Numerus clausus

Posted in Uncategorized by realitycheck on April 16, 2006

What is Numerus clausus ? How does it apply to India ?

Answer from Wikipedia :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numerus_clausus

The numerus clausus is currently used in countries and universities where the number of applicants greatly exceeds the number of available places for students. This is the case in many countries of continental Europe.

With successful completion of the academically-oriented and state-approved secondary school (usually a Gymnasium), a student passes the so-called Abitur or Matura exams. After this is completed, they receive a document that confirms their passing and lists their grades. This is then used to obtain either an implicit or an explicit permission to study at a university.

This was used illegally in the past as a "Jewish Quota" – where the number of jews would be forcibly restricted from 10-30% depending on the country.

So what does this have to do with India where the supply is woefully short of demand. The numerus clauses has a lot of "ideas" that can be incorporated into our quota system (which is a nothing but a reflection of relative political influence of various communities).

One idea that can be adapted is similar to Germany.

Segregate 10-20% of all seats to open category students from previous years who were denied admission that year due to the quota system.

This system may not be perfect but atleast it wont be brutally harsh towards poor souls from the so called forward classes (read politically not strong).

Monitor the sytem in detail and allow free access to INDIVIDUAL component based data about OBCs in admission , employment and promotions.

We certainly need more creative thinking. The current system of non monitoring is extremely unfair to both SC/ST/Dalits and to the so called forward communities.

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  1. les said, on January 11, 2007 at 5:14 am

    I love my child .But i still would get angry


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