The Delhi University forum for Social Justice has opposed Vice Chancellor Deepak Pental's opinion that certain innovative steps could not be taken by the university because of the need to implement the OBC quota.
“Saying that one cannot innovate because they have to implement the OBC quota is speaking against the idea of social justice and empowerment,” said Ratan Lal, convener of the forum. He said the forum would lodge a complaint with the HRD Ministry.
Pental, however, clarified that he was not opposed to the OBC quota. “I am only worried about its smooth implementation,” said Pental. “Although money has been allotted to the university, we have not received any funds to begin work,” he added.
Moreover, funds and manpower meant for any new innovation would have to be used for increasing the number of teaching and non-teaching staff and strengthening infrastructure in colleges, Pental said.
DU sources, however, maintained that if only nine per cent quota was implemented in the first year, there would be no issues of infrastructure shortage.
“DU colleges take in more students than the official intake every year and manage to accommodate the extra students,” said an official source on condition of anonymity.
“Every year, the Science departments take in 80 per cent more candidates assuming that many will drop out and join medical and engineering streams. Humanities and Commerce streams also give 20 per cent more admissions,” he said.
“Colleges have to stop these extra students, whom they accommodate within the existing infrastructure, and replace them with OBC candidates,” the official added.
While some groups were opposed to the university move letting colleges handle the OBC admission process, many welcomed it.
“The admission process should be left to the colleges so that OBC candidates are not left high and dry like SC/ST students,” said Alok, a member of the Ambedkar Students Union.
“Most of the time students ended up with courses or colleges they had never opted for. However, now OBC candidates can apply to various colleges and choose the college they want to study in,” Alok said.