Before the code of conduct for Delhi assembly elections would come into effect, the Sheila Dikshit Delhi government on Tuesday proposed Delhiites a major gift by seeking for them a reservation up to 68% of undergraduate seats across those 28 colleges of Delhi University that get grants from city government.
However, the move is dubious to get approval from the Centre. The Union HRD ministry reacted with surprise at the proposal. The ministry sources stated about the fact that this order has come at a time when college admissions are over and it clearly shows that the decision has been taken with the elections in mind.
The decision was made public by Delhi higher education minister AK Walia who said that the reservations for native students of Delhi will be 90% in 12 DU colleges which are fully supported by Delhi government fund. In 16 other colleges that receive 50% capital grants and 5% recurring grants from the state government, the native quota would be 50%.
Analyzing the 2012-13 enrolment records of these 28 colleges, the move will reserve 12,000 first-year UG seats for local students.
Walia said the decision has been taken in response to an order of the Delhi high court that, in its recent order, directed the state and the university to resolve the issue. Following the order, said Walia, the government has come up with this proposal of offering local quota in colleges that are fully or partially funded by the state government.
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