Reservation for Delhiites in DU: A Possibility?

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Students looked the first Cut off list at St. Stephens collage in New Delhi on tuesday. amar ujala photo by vivek nigam 15/06/10

Bharatiya Janata Party MP Vijay Goel recently met Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia to discuss the need for reservation of seats for Delhiites in government funded colleges. Keeping the fact in mind that children of Delhi residents are not able to get admission in colleges and courses of their choice in their own home state, Goel plans to discuss issues related to higher education with HRD minister Smriti Irani.

The BJP MP proposed that 85% seats in 28 Delhi government funded colleges be reserved for Delhi students and a 5% advantage be given to them in admission cutoffs. He also suggested that there should be course-wise entrances to universities, keeping the recent Bihar board controversy in mind.

“The Delhi University has only 54,000 seats in 61 colleges. Children of Delhi residents are not able to get admission in colleges and courses of their own choice in their home state in spite of getting more than 60% marks. The problem is particularly acute for girl students belonging to Delhi as their parents are reluctant to send them out of Delhi for higher education. Therefore, most of the girls are compelled to discontinue their studies. Students belonging to poor families, who study in government schools, also suffer,” Goel’s memorandum to Sisodia stated, as reported by Hindustan Times.

At present, colleges and universities including Ambedkar University, DTU, NSIT and GGSIPU have reservations for students who complete Class 12th from Delhi.

Over two lakh students pass Class 12th from the capital each year but fail to get admission in government funded universities like Delhi university. But with Delhi University being a central university with no state-specific reservations, the demand of reservation for Delhiites might be a difficult one to fulfill.

Meanwhile, Sisodia pointed out that the right way to approach this problem is by starting new affiliating universities in the city to cater to the growing demand.

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