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Not possible to reserve 85% seats for Delhi students unless DU Act changed: Varsity

Even without reservation of seats, approximately half the students (28,731 out of 57,739) who got admission in DU colleges last year were from Delhi.

delhi Updated: Jun 30, 2017 00:09 IST
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Even without reservation of seats, approximately half the students (28,731 out of 57,739) who got admission in DU colleges last year were from Delhi.
Even without reservation of seats, approximately half the students (28,731 out of 57,739) who got admission in DU colleges last year were from Delhi. (Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)

The Delhi Assembly has unanimously passed a resolution seeking reservation of 85% of total seats to Delhi students in partially and fully state government-funded colleges under the Delhi University.

However, the varsity officials said that it is not possible unless an Act of Parliament, which established the DU, is changed. The DU Act of 1922 established the university as a Central university.

The Delhi government funds 28 DU colleges, of which 12 colleges receive 100% funding. The rest 16 receive a 5% funding from the government. The resolution, proposed by Manish Sisodia, Delhi’s education minister, seeks to reserve 85% of seats in these colleges for Delhi students.

Officials said that a Central university cannot give preference based on domicile. “It is not possible unless a change in the DU Act is made and that can be only done through the Parliament. That would then require the assent of the President,” a top DU official said.

The official said that any change in the DU Act has to go though the Standing Committee, Academic Council, Executive Council and then DU’s Court. “After getting all the approvals from statutory bodies, it is sent to the Parliament and then to human resources department, which forwards it to the President for approval,” the official said.

According to Sisodia, if the colleges are run on Delhi government’s money, then they should be run for students from the state. “It is a basic concept that if the colleges are being run with the Delhi government’s money, then they should be run for Delhi students, right? They should get preference,” he told HT.

Even without reservation of seats, approximately half the students (28,731 out of 57,739) who got admission in DU colleges last year were from Delhi.

However, Sisodia and his supporters are optimistic. “This is definitely possible. There needs to be a will; it won’t be done by just talking about it. From here, it will go to the Academic Council of DU. There, this issue will be debated and I don’t think there is any reason that they will deny this. After the Academic Council, I think this may be forwarded to the University Court, and a decision may be taken there,” said Sisodia.