Govt plans 90% reservation in DU for Delhi students

Education Minister Manish Sisodia seems to be determined to bring about significant changes to the city's education system, making college admission for Delhi students his priority.

The minister's plan includes a 90 per cent reservation for Delhi residents in DU colleges which are fully funded by the government.

"If people of Delhi are funding these colleges, don't they have a right to benefit from them? While thousands from across the country come and study in DU, our students are forced to go outside. The previous government had also planned on doing something about it, but nothing happened. We are determined to push this through," Sisodia said, emphasising that the entire process will be based on "merit and not reservation".

Calling the state of higher education in the city "a big mess", Sisodia told Newsline, "Each year, more than 2.65 lakh students pass out from schools in Delhi, but only 90,000 get admission in Delhi colleges. I want to create a roadmap for the remaining 1.75 lakh students."

The minister also plans on awarding scholarships to deserving students. To bring about more transparency in the system, Sisodia said he will review functioning and affiliation of major universities, especially IP University.

"If one university is running 110 colleges, how can it provide any quality? We plan to crackdown on such big universities and check their credentials," he said.

Sisodia also spoke about putting an end to the system of indirect donations in universities.

"A lot of posts in major colleges and universities are lying vacant. We are being asked to fill them. But we want to create a procedure first one that will ensure that no-one can get backdoor entry because of contacts and nepotism. That's also how our universities will get the best talent," the minister said.

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