Outstation students oppose govt's quota plan for Delhiites

The new Aam Aadmi Party-led government has plans to introduce 90 per cent quota for Delhi students in fully funded colleges of Delhi University. Many students, however, are not in sync with this idea.

“I have faced ample problems in getting admission. There is already so much reservation all over,” said Pragya Mishra, a student of Hansraj College who is from Kanpur. “This is an university where everybody wants to take admission,” she added.
The university has 12 fully funded colleges. Many colleges receive a majority of applications from outstationed students.

“It is a big ratio, they should at least reduce it,” said Mishra, pointing out that students from other states nourish dreams of seeking admission in DU colleges.

Kartik Kala, a student of Maharaja Agrasen College, thinks that this would increase the already high cut-offs at Delhi University.

“With limited seats for students from outside Delhi, the cut-offs are sure to rise,” he said.

“It is a central university, how can they reserve seats for Delhi students?” questioned Surbhi Jain, a final year student of BSc Physics at Ramjas College, who wants to purse her master’s degree from the university.

Many students also argue that there are plethora of colleges in Delhi that already offer reservations, based on domicile.

“Many colleges of Indraprastha University have such reservations. There is no point in having it at DU. The admissions should be based on merit,” said Kumar Ankit, a former student of Delhi University.

The university officials, however, said they have not received any guideline from the government.

“It is a central university. Delhi government funding doesn’t mean that you can change university structure,” said Dr Gulshan Sawhney, Deputy Dean, students’ welfare.

Many Delhi students who are in their final stage of schooling are optimistic that they would not have to study at a fee-heavy private college or go to other states for the higher education of their choice.

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