Let me interpret the message the central government is sending:
- To further their political cause, the government forced the institutes to increase capacity and thus ensured that the institutes added 10% capacity (12,000+ over 1.2 lac)
- The government puts the interest of 1.2 lac candidates aside to address 'concerns' of 12,000
- When the supreme court decided to strike down OBC reservation, the government has withdrawn these 12,000 seats
- In case the May 8 judgement does not allow OBC reservations, i am 100% sure that the government is not going to use this to add more general quota or SC/ST quota students to these institutes.
- If the supreme court clearance takes time, the government will ask the institutes to freeze any capacity expansion
Thus the bottomline is, the government will let capacity go un-utilized or wasted but will ensure that the general public does not benefit. That's why they are probably called politicians ...!
May 8 is likely to be one of the saddest days for India as a nation ....
With respect to reservation - can the government reveal the number of OBC candidates according to their records who have been selected in the general quota for these 1.2 lac seats. Can the government also give a breakup of the location from which these OBC candidates hail from - rural/urban (ain't that simple - look at their hometown and 'rural' can be town/villages less than 50,000 population). Also, can the government provide stats of the number of rural and urban candidates from NE India? These are the more relevant categories that needs upliftment., not their vote banks ....