Last week, there was a technical outage that halted the EAMCET counseling in Andhra Pradesh, India. Servers were overwhelmed by the sheer volume of traffic at the AP State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE ) and now the seats allocation process for students seeking admission into various engineering and medical colleges has been rescheduled. Though the government folks may attribute the failure citing the sheer volume of traffic. But I simply don’t buy in that argument. When the officials were aware of the fact that hundred thousand students were seeking admissions across colleges in the state of Andhra Pradesh, how can they miss to plan for proper IT infrastructure to handle the online traffic?
I would attribute this failure to sheer incompetency and mismanagement of the board to handle things in the right way. Key people in that department have miserably failed to estimate and run a simple seat allocation process through online systems. If people get into such critical roles with the help of holes in the form of reservations, this is what one can expect. This is my humble request to all the great Indian politicians once again. Please abolish reservations in all forms from government jobs. If that can’t be done, have the people who are competent enough to estimate, plan and execute things that are of important priorities to citizens. Can any of you imagine the kind of stress and the torture that student and their parents go through during this critical phase? Enough of reservations in education system. I wish not to see the under-performers taking on jobs in the name of reservations while the bright talent is still being left dishonored. No reservations in the jobs please!
Why is this related? AP is the state that has been fighting hard to introduce reservations based on caste! Certainly politicians want to have their own comfort zone by creating such reservations everywhere. Gone are the days when reservations were introduced to promote and bring up the economically weaker sections of the country. Now it is all vote bank and politicians can go any level to preserve their vote bank. My request is very simple. Play not with our lives with this useless reservations. Let right people take on the appropriate positions and scrap all your meaningless reservations at least beyond education.