The resolution of reserving 85% seats for students from the capital in colleges funded by the state government, including Delhi University has been passed by the Delhi Assembly on July 27. In this context, the Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia ensured that the government will be taking all required steps to stand up to the resolution.
The minister stated that twice he had sent a written request to the Centre for the preference to be given to Delhi students. He said:
In the last letter I wrote to HRD minister Prakash Javadekar on December 13, 2016, I requested him to give reservation to students from Delhi in DU admissions.
Along with showing the letter to the House, the minister also told the assembly and he had a written word for the same with the former minister Smriti Irani.
Over the past many years, several BJP and Congress leaders have been consistent on the demand of reserving DU colleges for Delhi students as well. Sisodia, in his argument, told the MLAs:
This is a national capital, where people come from every corner of the country. This resolution is for everyone. This does not mean we are indulging in regionalism.
He put forth that even though, the number of seats in DU remain the same, the number of students passing Class XII was increasing in Delhi every year. He added, “…Soon, we will set up four more campuses of Ambedkar University in the city.”
Finally, the assembly has come down to the resolution to advise the Centre to amend the DU Act (1922), which says that no other university in Delhi holds legal power to give affiliation to any college. In case the amendment gets approval from the Centre, other Delhi-established universities will also be able to give affiliation to other colleges.
As of what AAP MLA Jarnail Singh told the assembly, about 25% of the state budget bears the expenditure of 28 state-funded colleges.
To have the best results, AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj suggested that headed by BJP MLA Jagdish Pradhan, a delegation of all legislators should approach the HRD Minister and and put forth the request to nod for reservation.
The resolution was supported by the opposition as well, where BJP MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa also supported saying that even earlier, they had made an effort in giving priority to Delhi students in DU admissions. The assembly currently stands firm to persuade the Centre, the Lieutenant Governor and the university administration as much as it can. The resolution, with one another, provided forward by Sisodia, were passed by voice vote.