The Delhi BJP has promised a 2-4% relaxation in cut-offs for Delhi students in admissions to Delhi University and proposed to allow private foreign universities to set up campus in the Capital.
The announcements, made by Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel on Monday, are the part of ‘Delhi Declaration 2013’ -- a vision document taken out by the party. It also released a special report on the ‘state of higher education’ in Delhi.
“We suggest a provision for 2 to 4% relaxation in cut-off marks for admission to undergraduate courses in Delhi University for all the students passing out their class 12 exams from a city school. This would be applicable to all students irrespective of their state of domicile. This can be implemented immediately in at least Delhi government’s colleges in Delhi University,” said Goel.
“The objective is to ensure relief for residents of Delhi whose children don’t get admission in Delhi colleges and are forced to shift to other states for pursuing higher education,” said Goel.
The report recommends providing more hostel accommodation for students from outside Delhi since a large number of them are compelled to stay in unsafe private paying guest houses.
“In order to reduce the pressure of students from neighbouring states, prestigious institutions such as SRCC, St. Stephen’s, Lady Shri Ram College, Hindu College and others can open their branches there. Approximately 2 lakh students pass class 12 exams in Delhi every year.
"But the opportunities for affordable higher education have come under severe strain as the number of seats under various undergraduate courses have remained stagnant for many years owing to the lack of any initiative on the part of the Congress government in Delhi,” Goel said.
The report reco mmends opening an online university in Delhi. “The BJP plans to bring prestigious institutions such as Harvard University and London School of Economics to Delhi.
"With such globally acknowledged institutions setting up campuses here, Delhi students won’t have to go abroad to study and they can benefit from world-class education in the city itself at affordable prices,” added Goel.