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AAP’s proposal for 80 percent Delhi quota should admissions be on merit?

On the eve of Delhi University cut off list, The AAP has once again raised the demand for an 80 percent domicile quota for local students.

There are 28 colleges in Delhi university fully and partially funded by state government and hence the government is seeking 80 percent reservation.

The party is accused of playing the same politics before admissions.

DU is a central university there is nothing local about it except for its name.

Former Vice Chancellor of DU Dinesh Singh says ,

“The DU is governed by an act of Parliament and all rules emanate from that act.  It’s not easy to amend an act of parliament by a university. You can’t change the constitution of a university. Moreover admissions should be on merit not quota and in any case majority of students who study in DU are not actually from Delhi “.

However AAP wanted to start quota system from this year itself and has written to the HRD ministry and the executive board of DU.

“Laws can be changed as per the demand, we are not talking about mass reservation but only colleges that Delhi government funds. Delhi students are competing with other from across the country. We want to look out for them” said AAP leader, Saurabh Bharadwaj.

Rahat a Chennai resident has scored 98 percent and hopes to come to Delhi for further studies says ” I have heard of the multi ethnic culture of DU , I have always aspired to study here, Iam worried now”.

Ashna, a Delhi resident has scored 93 percent is sure that she will not get her choice of course psychology in DU due to sky rocketing cut off list .

” I know I would have to leave my city for higher education as I know with 93 percent I won’t get a DU college. Why should we always make space for students from outside ” , she says.

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