The administration of Jammu and Kashmir has reserved 4 percent seats to Ladakh students in various professional colleges of UT for the academic session 2020-21. The state administration made this decision as there is no medical or engineering college in Ladakh. The districts Kargil and Leh are situated in Ladakh and it was separated from the former state of Jammu and Kashmir. As per the census of the year 2011, Leh district comprises a population of 147104 while Kargil’s population was 143388.
The decision regarding the reservation was taken during a review meeting organized by the Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir, B V R Subrahmanyam. As per the official notice issued recently, the meeting highlighted the reservation in professional institutions will be directed by the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Act and Rules. Those rules were amended post the reorganization of Jammu and Kashmir. The Act and Rules will not be applied to Ladakh.
In the official notice quoted by Subrahmanyam reads, ‘Twenty four seats from engineering colleges and 35 seats from medical colleges will be deducted from the total number of available seats (of J&K) and the reservation for the residents of J&K will be calculated on remaining seats…’ Still, many others termed the reservation a ‘lollipop to calm their anger.’
A political and social activist from Kargil, Sajid Hussain said, ‘This is eyewash.’ He further added, ‘We the people of Kargil were opposed to the creation of a UT… There is anger in Ladakh and the government is trying to pacify people by announcing this reservation, it is not going to work.’
Some of the political parties in Kargil have demanded a complete shutdown on Wednesday and also called for the restoration of the statehood to Jammu and Kashmir. On the other hand, people in Leh district also mentioned that the reservation was very less and late as well. Stay tuned to this website to get the latest educational updates across various nations.