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Setback to minority educational institutions?

BJP National Secretary and Member of Parliament East Delhi Maheish Girri has introduced Private Member Bill that seeks to amend article 15(5) of the Constitution. Through this amendment he intends to bring minority educational institutions under ambit of Right to Education.

Right to Education Act makes it mandatory of every educational institute to reserve 25% seats for students belonging to Economical Weaker Section (EWS) of society. But minority educational institutions enjoy exemption from this rule because of privilege provided to them under article 15(5) of the constitution. Article 15(5) was inserted in the Constitution through the Ninety-Third Constitutional Amendment in 2006 with an object ‘to promote the educational advancement of the socially and educationally backward classes of citizens or of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes in matters of admission of students belonging to these categories in aided or unaided educational institutions’. But, in the Ninety-Third Constitutional Amendment, minority institutions as defined under article 30(1) were kept out of the purview of article 15(5).

Girri, who introduced this courageous bills said that “The current situation is clearly against the idea of equality as weaker sections of society for whom the provision has been enacted, would not be able to reap its benefit in minority educational institutions. The benefits of reservation should also be extended in admission to minority run educational institutions also.”

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