As the process for admissions to 54,000 seats in 63 DU colleges is underway, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has called for an entrance test to replace the cut-off method for admissions.
Sisodia has written to Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani suggesting an entrance test and seeking extra weightage for Delhi students in government colleges.
“In my opinion, a university like DU should have a separate entrance test for admissions. This will ensure all students get an opportunity to study in the varsity depending on their talent,” Sisodia has stated in the letter.
Mr Sisodia, who is also the Delhi education minister, said that this would ensure that students from all areas get equal opportunity of admission in DU.
He said the Delhi government is concerned with accommodating about 1-1.25 lakh students in higher and technical education institutions who pass out of Class 12 every year.
“We are not concerned whether there should be reservation for Delhi students at DU colleges, but the question before us is how to accommodate 1-1.25 lakh students who pass Class 12 exams in Delhi every year in higher and technical education institutions here,” he said.
The deputy chief minister observed that the number of students passing Class XII was increasing in Delhi every year, but the number of seats in DU remained the same. “Due to this disproportionate students-to-seats ratio and huge influx of students from other states, a huge chunk of students in the national capital have to opt for private universities,” said Sisodia.
“Due to anomalies in admission process of DU which is based on cut-offs, lakhs of Delhi students are suffering as applicants from state boards have more marks than them. Recently the scams behind Gujarat and Bihar toppers have also come to light and because of such practices students here are suffering,” he said in his letter to Ms Irani.
On the second day of DU admissions Friday, Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio, made a similar demand, adding that students from the city should be given preference over those from other states in admission to the central university.
“Delhi Government is giving Rs. 300 crore annually for 28 DU colleges run by it. So at least in these colleges, Delhi students should get weightage of five marks from the current session to ensure no injustice is done to city students,” Mr Sisodia further said.
He has suggested that Delhi students could be given preference in three ways. “They could be offered some percentage relaxation over students from other states; they could be given some quota during the admission process; or they should be preferred for admissions to colleges funded by the Delhi government.” he said.