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DU quota for Delhi students? Kejriwal asks Sisodia to explore options, univ says not possible

Delhi chief minister on Sunday asked deputy CM Manish Sisodia to explore the possibility of introducing up to 85% quota for Delhi students in DU colleges.

delhi Updated: Jun 14, 2017 15:24 IST
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Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal reiterated his party’s stand of introducing quota for city students in DU colleges. (Sonu Mehta/HT FILE)

With the Delhi University admission process underway, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal reiterated his party’s stand of fixing a quota for city students in Delhi university colleges.

Addressing party volunteers on Sunday, Kejriwal asked his deputy Manish Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio, to explore if quota can be fixed for Delhi students in the 28 DU colleges that get financial aid from the Delhi government.

“I would request Manish (Sisodia) to explore reserving 80-85% seats in these colleges for Delhi students,” Kejriwal said, adding that the government is making plans to take education to the next level by promoting ‘value education’ after bringing the Delhi government schools at a par with the private schools.

This is an age-old demand of the city students, and political parties across the spectrum have spoken in favour of it.

However, university officials said this demand cannot be met as DU is a central university and they cannot give reservation based on domicile.

“DU is a central university which means students coming from any part of India have to be treated at par. As long as the constituent colleges, even if they are 100% funded by the Delhi government, are under DU Act, there cannot be reservation based on domicile,” said a top DU official.

Another official said that reservation for Delhi residents is possible in state universities such as Ambedkar University Delhi and Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University but not at DU.

Both AUD and GGSIPU have 85% seats reserved for Delhi students.

However, speaking in favour of the move to reserve seats for Delhi students in Delhi government funded colleges, a principal of one such college said, “There should be some provision for Delhi students at least in the colleges which receive 100% funding from the state government.”

First Published: Jun 12, 2017 11:34 IST