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No relaxation for Sikh students: DU

Delhi University has asked four colleges affiliated to it, Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College, Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College, Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce and Mata Sundri College for Women, to ensure that admission norms are not relaxed for Sikh students.

According to Manjit Singh G K, president of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (D.S.G.M.C), 'The four colleges have been providing education to various sections of the society irrespective of their faith, caste and creed. Approximately 80 per cent of the students studying in these colleges belong to communities other than the Sikhs. These colleges have been providing education in many popular courses such as Commerce, Economics, Business Economics, English, Physics, Electronics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology'. Sikh students constitute only 20-22 per cent of the student population in these colleges, even after giving them a relaxation three to five per cent in cut offs'.

Singh added, 'The National Commission for Minorities Educational Institutions, Delhi, has notified these four colleges as Minority Educational Institutions. However, the University of Delhi has challenged this notification in the High Court of Delhi. There is no direction from the court to the effect that Sikh students should not be given any relaxation.'

Despite the case pending at the High Court, the University of Delhi in an absolutely illogical, irresponsible and dictatorial manner has issued a dictate dated 18 June, 2013 to the colleges that any relaxation for Sikh students will be in violation of the court orders which had not permitted admission on this basis.'

'The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management committee condemns this one-sided attitude of University of Delhi which has huge potential to harm young Sikh students from getting higher education. The University of Delhi is harming the educational interests of peace loving Sikhs and Punjabis in Delhi.' We appeal to the University of Delhi to withdraw their recent communications sent to Colleges for not giving relaxation to Sikh students.
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