Hope has given way to worry in the lives of around 300 aspiring engineers belonging to the scheduled tribe (ST) category.
Reason: the Delhi government has put on hold the counselling for Bachelor of Engineering (BE) and Bachelor of Technology (BTech) courses — and hence the admissions — as it is awaiting the Centre’s nod regarding the same.
On the days of counselling for ST-category BE candidates at Delhi College of Engineering (DCE) and BTech candidates at Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU), the authorities first postponed the process and then put it on hold indefinitely.
Owing to the fact that Delhi does not have any tribal population, the government had contemplated doing away with the ST quota or bringing it down to 1 per cent, but there has been no final decision as yet.
The most affected due to this uncertainty are wards of those ST category parents — originally from other states — who are employed here in various government establishments and also in private jobs.
These students had cleared the entrance examinations for the 2009-10 session.
“Many had cleared All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) and other such exams too. But they did not go outside, because they had cleared the Delhi exam. And now time is ticking away,” said Sardar Singh Chauhan, president of the Uttarakhand-based Jounsar Bawar Tribal Welfare Society.
Chauhan led a group of about 50 ST category students and 100 parents from different states to meet AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi on the issue, on Tuesday. The group is going to meet Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday.
Delhi Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta said, “The Supreme Court, in its decision on August 4, has asked us not to go ahead with it (admissions under this category), as we do not have the Presidential orders for the same. We have sent a proposal to the Centre and are awaiting its decision.”