No seat increment under given infrastructure: DU
Earlier, the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad had rejected the proposal to increase the number of seats.india Updated: May 25, 2006 00:27 IST
With the Centre mulling over increasing number of seats in the educational institutions in the wake of the anti-quota agitation, Delhi University on Wednesday said such a step was not possible in the varsity under the existing infrastructure and teacher-student ratio.
"At the moment we have 1.1 to 1.2 lakh students in all our colleges. Given the norms of teachers-pupil ratio and infrastructure, it is not possible to increase the number of seats," DU Vice Chancellor Prof Deepak Pental told a press conference in New Delhi.
"But if the seats are increased without commensurate facilities and teachers, it will lead to degradation of quality of education," he added.
Pental said, "If we enhance the infrastructure and go for recruiting more teachers, it will take another two to three years to increase seats."
Earlier, the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad had rejected the proposal to increase the number of seats saying, "its plate was full."
Pental said the varsity was yet to receive any instruction from the government to increase seats.
Pental said the varsity had submitted proposal of Rs 160 crore to the University Grants Commission (UGC) and Ministry of Human Resources Development for infrastructure development, library and e-learning facility.
However, the UGC has committed to providing a meagre Rs 40 crore out of which Rs 20 crore would be spent for development of laboratories of Science streams at the Under Graduate level in its colleges, he added.