Delhi BJP divided over DU reservation debate

Delhi Assembly passes resolution to reserve 85% seats for local students in DU

Image credit Saumya Khandelwal HT

Recently, the Tamil Nadu government reserved 85% seats in the state's medical college through an order passed on June 22. Besides, top leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party's Delhi unit too have demanded that Delhi students be given preference in college admissions.

Speaking during a discussion over a resolution moved by AAP MLA Somnath Bharti, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said the incidents of lynching people either in the name of consuming beef or "Gau Raksha" were increasing. Delhi University is renowned as a cultural melting pot where students from diverse states and cultural backgrounds come together under one roof for the singular goal of education. "I had been demanding for reservation in DU and had conducted several meetings, dharnas and interactions with young students over the last 5 years", Mr Goel was quoted saying. "We also have to adopt a system through which we can bring parity in marks of applicants from Delhi with those from other states". Is it acceptable to explore regional reservation at the cost of thousands of students who might be preparing for DU? "They now wish to implement it through the existing mechanism", Kunwar said. "DUTA is unanimously opposed to reservation for city students because DU is a central university with an all-India character", said Nandita Narain, DUTA president. This has created educational and job opportunities, which have benefitted Delhi for decades.

Other Delhi government run/funded universities like Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Ambedkar University, Indraprastha University, Delhi Technical University etc all have 85% reservation for Delhi students already. "The BJP, and now AAP has made these promises without respecting the nature of University of Delhi".

"It is impossible to have this kind of reservation".

However, university officials have also termed the move illegal. These 28 colleges are funded partially or fully by the Delhi government. "Just because a government gives funds doesn't mean they can take any decision", official told the paper further.

Ajay Maken said that there are 12 colleges which are being funded 100 per cent by the Delhi Government whereas there are 16 colleges which receive only five per cent grant from the Delhi Government.

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