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Delhi assembly seeks 85 pc quota for Delhi students in DU colleges

Syed Hashim Najmi | New Delhi |

The Delhi Assembly on Thursday adopted a resolution seeking 85 per cent reservation in admission for city students in 28 DU colleges that are funded by the AAP government as all MLAs pledged to raise the issue with the Centre, LG and university administration.

Another resolution was adopted by the House demanding an amendment in the Delhi University Act (1922), according to which no other university in Delhi is legally authorised to give affiliation to any college.

If the amendment sought through the resolution is adopted by Parliament, the universities in Delhi other than DU can also provide affiliation to any college in the national capital.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia moved these resolutions, which were passed by the House by voice vote.

Addressing the legislators in the Assembly during a discussion on the reservation for city students in 28 colleges, Sisodia, who holds the education portfolio, said over 2 lakh school students pass out in Delhi every year.

According to Sisodia, there are many students among these who find it difficult to take admission in higher education institutions. It is the money of the tax payers which is being used to fund these colleges. These 28 colleges are funded partially or fully by the Delhi government.

It is the government's responsibility to safeguard the interests of Delhi's students, the Deputy Chief Minister added.

Demanding that the issue should not be politicised, he said the MLAs will meet the HRD Minister, the Lt-Governor and the DU Vice-Chancellor to raise this demand.

Supporting the move of the Delhi Government, BJP MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa said all MLAs should demand reservation for city students, cutting across party and ideological lines.

AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj suggested that a delegation of all legislators, headed by BJP MLA Jagdish Pradhan, should meet HRD Minister Prakash Javedkar and request him to provide reservation.

Another AAP MLA Rajesh Gupta said that every state has a different moderation policy following which students from other states sometimes get high marks and then get admission in DU colleges.

"Students from other states get admission in DU colleges as it is a central university. Every state has different moderation policy. In some states, there is a policy of giving grace marks to students and in turn, they get advantage in admission in DU colleges," Gupta said.