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Under Minority Status Khalsa College Allowed to Start Admission Process by Delhi HC

Jun 24, 2016 10:50 IST

    Under the Minority status, that was granted to the Guru Teg Bahadur Khalsa College in 2011, the Delhi High Court has recently ordered them to begin their admission procedure for the academic session 2016-17. According to Justice G.S. Sistani the final decision on appointment of teachers could be made only after the writ petition gets out.

    The Delhi High Court was hearing pleas from some teachers who have challenged the order of National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions, which granted minority status to the college, on the grounds that it would affect the interests of SC/ST students. The teachers as well as Delhi University administration had challenged the minority status granted to Khalsa College in the year 2011. The High Court had put up a stay on 2012 in the status, which was the result of petitions filed by the teachers.

    But the Delhi University had withdrawn its petition from the Court last year in the month of July stating it has no issues with the colleges getting a minority status. After this, the Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGMC) had also assured the court that it would conduct the admission and teacher appointment through old and prevailed system which would allow general admissions and quotas for SC/ST/OBCs as per the other government institutes in the country.

    But this year on 18 April, the DSGMC has moved from its stand stating that as DU and the government has no problems with the minority status of the college, it would thus not be bound to abide by the provisions of the SC/ST Reservation Act for admission. On this, the teachers have once again filed a plea to the court seeking a stay on the order. The High Court of Delhi has told the management of the college to begin counseling but not allow admissions until the next hearing, which was scheduled on 20 June, 2016.

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