Archive for August, 2007

Nikhita Arora to run for president

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Nikhita Arora, a student of Economics (Year III) of Kirori Mal College is contesting for the post of President of the Delhi University Students Union [DUSU] under the banner of United Students on ballot no. 6.

 United Students, a premier grouping of Delhi University students intervened in the DUSU polls last year too, with its presidential candidate Aaditya Dar [who was the only anti-quota candidate in the fray] securing 4,300 votes and finishing third, ahead of the representatives of several established political parties.

During the course of its campaign so far, the group has highlighted its work for the student community in the last one and a half year, and is taking up the issues of clean politics, transportation for students, safety [especially of girl students], cleaning up of toilets, reservations etc.

For more information, and to help out, please contact Ritwik on 9873554908 or Nupur on 9868870647 or Kush on 9810208668.

United Students

Sunday, August 12th, 2007

United Students is a Delhi based society for the development of new leadership for an emerging India. This will take young Indians who can visualise a new ethos of governance as our country prepares itself to be a fore-runner among nations in this century. We seek to federate students all across the city and country in a cohesive unit to take up issues of governance.

This website has been set up to serve as a platform for youth to discuss and debate issues, pool their resources and strategise to make things move in the direction they want.

To learn more:
1. See a list of Frequently Asked Questions
2. See a brief highlight of our work on the About page.
3. See the Community page to become involved.

United Students on Aaj Tak to “Bring Yamuna Back”

Sunday, August 12th, 2007

Footage from TV show with Dilli Aaj Tak to “Bring Yamuna Back”, shot at Hans Raj College, University of Delhi:

Supreme Court rules out OBC reservations this academic year

Sunday, August 12th, 2007

In a major embarrassment for the government, the Supreme Court on Wednesday (8th August 2007)declined to lift its freeze on reservations for other backward classes (OBCs) in institutions of higher learning for the current year, signalling a victory for anti-quota advocates.A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan said the government had not advanced any new reason for the court to revoke its March 29 order suspending the law.

A stunned Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh declared: “There is no question of any contradictory view to that of the Supreme Court. We will abide by it.”

Apart from Justice Balakrishnan [also the first Dalit Chief Justice of India], the bench also comprised of Justices Arijit Pasayat, R.V. Raveendran, C.K. Thakkar and Dalveer Bhandari.

It may be recalled that a bench of Justices Arijit Pasayat and LS Panta had on March 29, 2007 suspended the implementation of 27 percent OBC quotas, raising no less than twenty five constitutional queries regarding the move.


 United Students would like to remind readers that we’ve consistently endorsed an alternative system of affirmative action, called MIRAA [multiple index related affirmative action] which is free of the defects of flat caste based quotas. Read more here.

Supreme Court to hear OBC issue from August 7

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday decided to hear from August 7 the issue of Constitutuional validity of the law providing 27 percent quota for the OBCs in elite educational institutuions.

A Bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan said that the matter will be heard by a five-judge constitutuion Bench.

The Court will hear on July 31, the Centre’s application seeking vacation of the March 29 interim order staying the implementation of the provision of the controverstial legislation providing reservation for the OBCs.

A Bench of Justices Arijit Pasayat and L S Panta on March 29 had stayed the implementation of section six of the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Act 2006 providing quota for the OBCs in Central educational Institutions.

The same Bench had on earlier two occassion refused the Centre’s plea for its vacation.