Sunday, August 31, 2008

On Higher Education exclusively for women

The above article in the Times of India grabbed my attention.

Every proposal has a good and a not-so-good side. The proposal by our President of India is obviously intended at producing more technically qualified women in the country. So far so good.

When I was a 12th class kid in New Delhi, I was in the circle of fiends studying hard to make it to a good medical school. New Delhi provided 3 great medical schools, MAMC, UCMS and Lady Hardinge. The preference, boys and girls alike was in the same order.

The boys felt bitter when a girl chose MAMC and UCMS over Lady Hardinge. It only meant blocking a seat for a boy. Imagine if a 100 girls got admitted and they all chose MAMC and UCMS. Not only 100 less boys became doctors, but also and operation called Lady Hardinge went without occupancy.

Forcing ladies to take a seat in Lady Hardinge was like snatching a fundamental right. Why should a lady be made to choose only from a special pool? Does being a lady debar a lady from being admitted to MAMC or UCMS?

Any administrative personnel reading this???

Assuming an exclusive ladies' college is created and it doesn't rank initially among the top notch schools, how to solve this problem of not providing bitterness to boys and at the same time being fair to the individual.

The answer lies with the kid himself. Let the kid decide.

If the lady would like to benefit from the "Exclusive Ladies" quota, it automatically means she prefers to study in a ladies college, which means if allotted, the allottment will only be from an exclusive college first followed by other colleges if the exclusive colleges are filled out.

If a lady doesn't opt for the "Exclusive Ladies" quota, it means she prefers to study in a co-educational college, which means if allotted it will only be from the "co-ed" colleges followed by exclusive ladies colleges if the co-ed colleges are filled out.

The preferences can then be tracked year by year to check if the ladies college indeed has become a college of preference. Once it has, such a complicated admission procedure can then be omitted.

We have not considered the quota for ladies a few co-ed schools have. But that should be another easier problem to solve, heh?

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