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Plea to restore cutoff relief for women

delhi Updated: May 27, 2016 09:53 IST

NEW DELHI: Opposing Delhi University’s decision that colleges would not be able to give more than 1% relaxation in cutoff for women during admission, a student body has started an online petition asking it to revoke the decision.

The petition on addressed to vice-chancellor Yogesh Tyagi requests him to remove the cap on relaxation. The decision was taken by the admission committee but the VC is the final deciding authority of the admission policy.

Till last year, the relaxation varied from 1 to 3 %. The petition started by the All India Students Association said such a cap would have a ‘disastrous effect on sex ratio within colleges’.

“It is a common knowledge that the representation of girl students is not optimal. In arts courses, we find that only 30-40% of students are girls and this percentage decreases in science and technical courses. Often, women from deprived background, rural areas could get admission in DU colleges due to the 3% relaxation,” read the petition.

Students who started the petition said that in Bsc Electronics program in Aurobindo College (Morning), there are only four women in a batch of 60. Similarly, even with the relaxation given by Dyal Singh College, women constitute only 40 % of the total strength.

The admission committee said the decision was taken to rationalise the intake of women. This year, 22 colleges have applied for the relaxation.

First Published: May 27, 2016 09:53 IST