State govt proposes 90% quota for Delhi students in many DU colleges

The Delhi government on Tuesday announced a plan to bring in up to 90 per cent reservation for students from Delhi in state government-funded colleges under Delhi University. The proposal, if approved, will affect admissions in 28 DU colleges.

According to an official statement from Higher Education Minister A K Walia, the government has decided to provide 90 per cent reservation to students from Delhi in colleges fully funded by the Delhi government.

Although DU is a central university, 12 colleges under it receive funds from the Delhi government Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences, Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Shaheed Rajguru College of Applied Sciences for Women, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College and Bhagini Nivedita College, among others.

Another 16 colleges under DU receive funding where the Delhi government provides 50 per cent grant for their capital work and five per cent as recurring grant, an official statement from the government said. The list of such colleges include Gargi, Kamla Nehru, Maitreyi and Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, among others.

At such colleges, the Delhi government has proposed that "reservation to the extent of 50 per cent be provided to the students of Delhi", Walia said.

"The Delhi government will send these recommendations to the University of Delhi and the Ministry of Home Affairs for approval," the official statement said.

Having raised the demand for bringing in reservation for students of Delhi in DU colleges a few months ago, the Delhi BJP was quick to claim credit for the move.

"We have been raising this demand for several years and the pressure mounted by us has compelled the Delhi government to initiate the move," Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel said.

The university and college authorities, on the other hand, said they were unaware of the Delhi government's announcement. "We need to remember that we are in an election year," Kamla Nehru College principal Minoti Chatterjee said. "We have no information about it yet."

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