Four DU Colleges to have Autonomous Admission Process

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Four colleges of Delhi University run by Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGMC) are likely to have their own admission policies from 2016-17 academic session. These colleges are : Mata Sundari College for Women, Sri Gurunanak Dev Khalsa College, Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College and Sri Guru Gobind Singh College for Commerce. These colleges were granted minority status by Delhi High Court the previous year.

DSGMC president Manjit Singh said, “By the time High Court cleared the air last year, the admission process was already underway and two cutoff lists were out. So, it was not practically feasible to have a separate admission policy in place then.” DSGMC has approached DU for permission to start autonomous admission like other minority colleges like St. Stephens and Jesus and Mary College.

The four colleges were established for the children of refugees who crossed over form Pakistan after partition and have combined student strength of around 16,000. These institutions going by the government’s reservation policy, are expected to have 50% reservation for Sikhs. They need not implement the mandatory reservation, which other affiliates of DU are supposed to do – be it 27% OBC quota, 15% SC quota or 7.5% ST quota.

Officials in the university said no final regard had been taken in this regard. DU has constituted a 24 member committee, comprising deans from faculty of science, commerce, arts; nine college principals and members of the executive and academic councils, to formulate an admission policy which will be notified by the next month.

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