DU affiliated Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College got the go-ahead from Delhi High Court, today, to commence its admission process for this academic year under the minority status.
The college was granted minority status in 2011, which was then challenged by teachers as well as DU on whose plea a stay was granted by the High Court in 2012, according to the petition filed by the teachers.
Justice GS Sistani asked the DU teachers who had sought a stay on the National Commission for Minority Educational Institution order granting minority status to Sri Guru Teg Bahadur (SGTB) Khalsa College, “How are the teachers of the college affected if students are given admission under the minority status?”
The Judge added, “Fresh appointments of teachers in the college will be subject to the final outcome of the writ petition.” It said the authorities concerned should inform the new students that the petition challenging the minority status given to the college was pending.
After the teachers had claimed that if admissions under the minority status were allowed then their service conditions would be affected, the court’s order came. They had also challenged the grant of minority status on the grounds that it would affect the interests of SC/ST students.
As per the plea, DU had withdrawn its petition in July last year, saying that it had no objection to the minority status granted to the college.
In the interim status, the High Court, had only allowed the counselling process, not the admissions.
The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), which runs the college, had assured the court last year, that the admissions and appointment of teachers would “continue as per the old system” which allows admission in general as well as SC/ST/OBC categories.
This year, on April 18, the DSGMC said that since DU and the government had accepted the minority status, it would not continue the ‘interim arrangement’ and not be bound by the provisions of the SC/ST Reservation Act. The teachers had then again filed a plea seeking a stay on the order.