Sisodia studies norms in other states over Delhi colleges' quota

The Delhi government has tasked a group of experts to collect details of colleges affiliated to central universities that receive financial help from state governments.

 The step follows Education Minister Manish Sisodia’s announcement that 90 per cent of seats in colleges receiving funds from the Delhi government will be reserved from students who pass Class 12 from Delhi.

“After studying the practices in other states, we shall proceed on the matter,” he said.“We will present the factual position about what the situation is in other parts of the country,” said Sisodia, who is facing heat over his plan with critics accusing him of allegedly promoting regionalism by barring students from other states to study in Delhi colleges.

The minister said his remarks related to only 12 colleges in Delhi, which are not on main campuses and are regularly given funds by the state government. 

“My statement has been misunderstood and distorted,” said Sisodia, adding that he was determined to collect facts about the practice in other states and present them before people who were twisting his remarks.

“I have only talked about reserving seats for students completing Class 12 from Delhi. I have never said students from other states would be barred from these 12 colleges,” he said.Apart from outstation students, the Delhi University Teachers’ Association has also opposed reservation in the 12 colleges, which have 17,000 seats. DUTA member Abha Dev Habib said reserving seats will not solve the problem as over one lakh students vie for seats in Delhi University.

“It is also opposed to the Delhi University charter. These 12 colleges, which are part of DU, are mostly off-campus colleges where primarily students from Delhi study. Students from other states mainly opt for campus colleges,” she added. “Delhi is city of migrants, making it difficult to determine who qualifies for the quota,” Habib said.

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