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Delhi schools seek minority status

With many Delhi schools seeking minority status, the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions has asked the Delhi Government to frame separate rules for their regulation.

education Updated: May 05, 2006 12:04 IST

With many Delhi schools seeking minority status, the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions has asked the Delhi Government to frame separate rules for their regulation.

If the trend in other states is considered, the new regulation may have 50 per cent reservation for the community linked to the institution.

Top Delhi schools like St Columba’s have sought minority certificate from the Commission after the Parliament passed the 93rd Constitutional Amendment empowering states to enforce reservation for educational and socially backward classes except in the minority education institutions.

“This implies that minority institutions can’t be brought under any format of reservation,” an official viewed. The exception made in the amendment had its obvious reflection in the huge response from institutions for getting minority status.

The commission has received over 2,000 applications in the past four months as compared to 380 in the past whole year. The amendment helps schools with minority status to refuse any type of reservation in admission, including Delhi government’s 20 per cent for students from weaker section of the society.

It also provides some more relaxation to institutions with minority status. Commission officials, however, say that the amendment does not allow free hand to such schools in admissions.

Quoting Supreme Court judgements in the case of St Stephens College and in Inamdar case, officials say, the court had clearly stated that 50 per cent seats should be reserved for the community for which minority status is being sought.

So, a Christian missionary school should have 50 per cent seats for Christians and Sikh school for Sikh community.

First Published: May 05, 2006 12:04 IST