Assam Education Minister’s appeal – Do not ask students their caste at the time of admission in colleges:

Assam Education Minister Ranoj Pegu on Thursday asked colleges not to ask for caste information from students while giving admission to their institutions.  “Caste identification details are not required during admission to schools and colleges after mentioning information relating to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes or Other Backward Castes,” Pegu tweeted on Thursday evening.

He said, “There has been no such direction from the government that details of one’s caste should be sought.  If any educational institution has asked for such details, I request them not to do so.”

The minister’s direction came after it was revealed that at least three major colleges in Guwahati had asked for caste identity details from prospective students in the admission forms.  Handik Girls College, Arya Vidyapeeth College and Karmashree Hiteshwar Saikia College asked students to specify whether they were Brahmins, Ganakas, Kalitas, Kayasthas, Muslims, Shudras, Vaishyas or others.

A statement issued by a new political organization, the Asom Jatiya Parishad, said, “At a time when human beings have reached the pinnacle of civilization due to advances in science and technology, such a move (asking caste details) is not appropriate.”  “

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