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Thursday , May 10, 2012

Why men don't need quota at St Stephen's College


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In a recent moment of either enthusiasm or desperation, Principal of St Stephen's College, Delhi University, Valson Thampu proposed 40% reservation for male students at the College. The rationale behind the proposal is supposed to be historical - when the college was first opened to girls in 1975, it was stated that steps should be taken to ensure that 75% of the student composition was male. Where and why this was stated is not entirely apparent. I, for one, fail to see the logic of making a college co-educational while pledging to not change its gender composition in any major way. The proposal met with disapproval and ridicule from the College's faculty. It has been criticised for being absurd and regressive, which to be honest, are just the right words for it. An alumnus of the College has written about the discrimination female students have been facing....


Monday , September 26, 2011

Women second class students at AMU


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One would think that the focal point of any university and the experience of being at university is the institution's library. Not for students of Women's College at Aligarh Muslim University, it seems. Denied access to the central university library - the famous Maulana Azad Library - most girl students of AMU Women's College graduate without knowing what it is like to walk down aisles of bookshelves, to browse through journals and chance upon that one-very-interesting-article, to explore and discover the wealth of knowledge beyond the realms of textbooks. Confined within the walls of the Women's College campus with all halls of residences within those boundaries, undergraduate female students are relegated to the position of second class students at AMU. While the rest of the university students enjoy the wealth of the famous Maulana Azad Library, these female students can borrow books only from the College library. The College....


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Asiya Islam graduated from the Aligarh Muslim University in 2009. She went on to do an MSc in Gender, Media and Culture from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She now lives in London and works in Equality and Diversity at LSE. Asiya is interested in studying intersections of race and gender in the media and popular culture and is a self-proclaimed feminist, blogger and writer. She regularly contributes to the Guardian and Women's Views on News. She blogs at whyamiafeminist.blogspot.com and can be found on Twitter at @asiyaislam.

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