The Committee headed by Veerappa Moily to suggest ways of implementing the new regime of OBC quotas has made a bunch of suggestions which seem to go well beyond the quotas themselves. The Hindustan Times reports:
Seeking more administrative and financial autonomy in higher educational institutions, the Moily panel sought to end the admission fee subsidy for students in IITs and IIMs, barring post-graduate courses. ...
The panel said the entire fee package should be financed through education loans and the government should stop subsidies. The report said students could repay loans after placements.
While I welcome this particular suggestion (and some of the others), I just don't see how it impacts the quotas.
Update (13 October 2006): Take a look at this in today's ET:
Students pursuing higher education may soon be provided with laptops going by the recommendations of the Oversight Committee. ...
“Every student and every teacher should be given such a device on an ownership basis and the process should be facilitated by bank loans,” the report said.
It's entirely possible that our media, whose hostility to the OBC quotas is well known, are highlighting only the lousy recommendations to make the Moily Committee appear less than credible. I would still blame the Committee for helping the media by offering some opinions which are somewhat extraneous to its main job.