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Quota controversy over Sikh admissions in Khalsa College

delhi Updated: Jun 29, 2009 00:28 IST
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Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur (SGTB) Khalsa College has landed itself in controversy by offering 20 per cent relaxation in cutoffs to Sikh students.

The resolution was passed in a meeting of the college governing body held on June 15.

But Delhi University has countered the move by saying it would not recognise students who get admissions under this criterion.

The university has shot off a letter to the college stating the resolution adopted by the governing body is not acceptable to the university.

“The Dean of Colleges has written a very strong letter to the college asking it to ensure that no admission is made by violating merit that is the cut-off percentage declared by the college,” said SK Vij, Dean (Students Welfare).

“Candidates admitted in violation of the instructions will not be recognised by the university and will not be allowed to sit in the exam,” said Vij.

SGTB Khalsa College has not yet been declared as a minority institution by the Government of India as required under CEI ACT, 2006.

However, a petition filed by SGTB and Shri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce before the Delhi High Court is pending.
“Since SGTB Khalsa is not a minority college, it has no right to grant admission on the basis of the minority status of a student,” said Vij.

“We have also written to them since they have refused to take in SC/ST students.”

Principal Jaswinder Singh admitted the college was giving concession to Sikh candidates. But he refused to comment on the university’s decision not to recognise students admitted under the minority tag.