Should graduates from prestigious universities be given priority when it comes to China's residential permit (hukou) system?
Shanghai will launch a "green passage" for non-Shanghai graduates from Peking and Tsinghua universities to apply for city residency from December 31, according to a newly-released regulation, The Beijing News reports.
But many netizens reacted with anger to the news complaining it reflects the privilege of students at top universities.
Chu Zhaohui, a researcher at the National Institute of Education Sciences, said it was unreasonable to tie hukous to which university someone attended, rather than choosing talent in accordance with the ability of graduates and local demand.
Meanwhile, Li Yongzhong, former deputy president of the Chinese Academy of Personnel Science, hit back at suggestions it was unfair. Li said the regulation was a way to deal with local workforce shortages and had nothing to do with fair competition. He said it was understandable that different cities would use different means to attract talent.