Thousands of students and parents gathered in Mavlankar Hall, on Sunday, demanding reservation and preference for local students in Delhi University admissions.
As per a report by The Statesman, addressing the gathering, former union minister and MP Vijay Goel, who has been raising this issue for the last six years, said that their four demands are to give 85 per cent reservation in those 18 colleges which are 100 per cent funded by Delhi Government, an eligibility test should be conducted so that cheats are kept out, 5 per cent weightage in cutoff to be given to students who have passed XII from Delhi CBSE and open new colleges and evening colleges in existing colleges.
Goel will soon appraise the Union Education Minister Smiriti Irani on this issue. He pointed out that the new National Policy of Education Draft Report also supported his demand for eligibility test after class XII for college admissions.
“It is very painful for the citizens of Delhi that their children are not able to get admission in colleges and courses of their choice and in their home state, in spite of getting more than 60 per cent marks. The problem is particularly acute for the girl students belonging to Delhi as their parents are reluctant to send them out of Delhi for higher education. Therefore, most of the girls, who could not get admission in Delhi, are compelled to discontinue their studies. Students belonging to poor families, who study in government schools, also suffer as they are unable to get admission in Delhi University colleges,” said R C Jain, the President of Delhi Management.