HC hears plea seeking reservation for Delhiites in DU
The Delhi High Court on Monday heard a plea seeking priority in admission criteria for Delhi domicile students in Delhi University.
A response on this matter has already been sought from DU Vice-Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi. The high court, on May 24, had issued a notice to the Centre, the Delhi government and DU on the plea.
West Delhi MP Parvesh Verma and Delhi MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa, on May 17, had met Tyagi and told him how various students of Delhi were forced to pay large sums of money to private universities in other states for admission when they fail to secure admission in DU.
The two BJP leaders urged Tyagi to fix the 70 per cent quota for Delhi students, or to give at least 3-5 per cent grace marks to Delhi students as it was "their constitutional right to be able to have access to higher education at a reasonable cost."
Earlier, even Aam Aadmi Party had urged the V-C to look into a similar proposal, but it was then rejected by the University.
Sirsa, the newly elected Rajouri Garden MLA, had earlier stated that students from neighbouring states were getting seats in Delhi colleges solely "due to the liberal marking" policy of those states, while their Delhi counterparts were unable to do so "due to the strict marking system".
In June, the Delhi Assembly had unanimously passed a resolution to reserve 85 per cent seats for locals students in colleges affiliated to the University. The AAP-led Delhi government, fully or partially, funds 28 of the 110 affiliated institutes.
Moreover, the Assembly had also passed a resolution to urge the Union government to amend the Delhi University Act, 1922, which disallows other state universities to have affiliated colleges of its own. The Delhi government's statement on the resolution says that this provision will not apply if the Centre granted permission "by order in writing".