The education wing of the RSS, Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal, (BSM) wants to approach the Supreme Court with a review petition to reconsider the definition of minority status of the educational institutions. The BSM, which alleged that minority institutions have “misused” their privileges, wants the composition of students, not the management as the basis to determine the minority status.
“The purpose of giving privileges to minority institutions was to help the students belonging to minorities. It is not served because many of the minority institutions have more general students than the minorities. But there are many minority institutions whose management comprises minorities but among students the number from majority community is more. Despite that, they neither implement RTE nor government’s public welfare policies. Such misuse has happened,” BSM Organizing Secretary Mukul Kantikar said
“So, the definition of minority status should be reviewed for which there should either be a Supreme Court intervention or a constitutional amendment. We want to explore both the possibilities,” Kantikar added.
The BSM argues that the status should be on the basis of the beneficiaries. “The beneficiary should be minority. Just because the management is minority, you cannot have minority status.” Kantikar said that the BSM is taking legal assistance to see if it can intervene as a stake holder and give a review petition.
As of now, in the government-aided minority institutions, the percentage of the minority students that should be admitted is decided by the state governments depending upon the population of the minority in the area in question and nature of the course. If there are not enough students from the minority community, it is open to the management to admit students from other communities, the Supreme Court had held in an order in 2002.