STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 2 October
Delhi government’s announcement to provide 90% reservation to Delhi students in 12 DU colleges have come under fire with students and teachers terming it a political move planned in the wake of upcoming assembly elections.
Nandita Narain, Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) president said DU is a central university and it has a pan-India character. "The state government’s 100% funded colleges are constituent of DU and such reservation will dilute the University’s character and devalue its degrees," she said adding that DUTA’s stand is clear and the move will be opposed in its meeting.
Students’ bodies have also condemned the move terming it electoral stunt. "We see it as an electoral stunt which is miles away from any sincere effort to provide sufficient opportunity of higher education to the students. It is just a facade to hide the truth from the people who would vote for Delhi elections in a month. We oppose such a move and warn the Delhi government to take it back otherwise they will face strong protest," said Sunny Kumar of All India Students’ Association (AISA). He said since 14 years there is no new college in the university. "The students’ strength is increasing every year but instead of opening new college, they are coming up with the reservation formula just before the election," he said.
Meanwhile, Aditya Narayan Misra, chairperson of AAD, has appealed to the Ministry of Human Resource and Development to preserve the central character of the University by not bending before any regional pressure which seeks to reduce it to the level of a state university. Delhi University’s director of South Campus, Prof Umesh Roy said a case regarding this issue has been pending in the court hence its was not apt to comment on the issue.