Worried about the ever hiking cut-offs of the Delhi University? Dilemma struck whether or not you would make it to your dream college in DU? Well, in that case let me tell you your worries are open ended. The ever popular political party of our nation, ‘AAP ki party’ has some other plans regarding DU. The Education Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia has proposals to make changes in the reservation pattern of DU. He proposes to introduce 90% reservation in those colleges of DU which are completely funded by the Delhi State Government. This list includes 12 colleges namely:
- Acharya Narendra Dev College
- Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences
- Maharishi Valmiki College of Education
- Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies
- Shaheed Rajguru College of Applied Sciences for women
- Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education and Sports Sciences
- Aditi Mahavidyalaya College
- Bhim Rao Ambedkar College
- Bhagini Nivedita College
- Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College
- Maharaja Agrasen College
- Keshav Mahavidyalaya College
Not only this, the colleges which function from the 50% capital grants and 5% recurring grants of the Delhi State Government are likely to have 50% reservation for the Delhites according to the proposal made. This list comprises 16 colleges namely:
- Bharti College
- Delhi College of Arts and Commerce
- Gargi College
- Kalindi College
- Maitreyi College
- Rajdhani College
- Shivaji College
- Satyawati College
- Vivekananda College
- Satyawati College
- Kamala Nehru College
- Motilal Nehru College
- Laxmi Bai College
- Shyama Prasad Mukharji College
- Sri Aurobindo College
- Shaheed Bhagat Singh College
University of Delhi has been a brand in our nation. It has never failed to churn out laureates who have represented India as an emerging power far and wide. I would not be wrong if I say most of the students in India aspire to study in DU. Every year DU comes out with it’s ever hiking cut-offs, bracketing only the best of the students from across the nation. Cutoffs go as high as 100% in some of the colleges, not letting the students belonging to the ‘general’ academic as well as caste category in. The minorities avail approximately 27% of the reservations, a format laid down by the Central Government.
The Education Minister says the party in power before had also made plans to implement this pattern but they could not. Sisodia says AAP would definitely bring this change under force. On one hand where the government of Delhi is keen about this new reservation system, on the other, the professors and the officials of DU have no idea about the developments in the matter concerned. AAP wining the Delhi elections within two years of it’s formation shows how well it has been successful in making a space for itself in people’s hearts, who have welcomed it. AAP might be doing very well with it’s plans regarding electricity and the anti-corruption helpline number but it has definitely gained the displeasure of the DUTA(Delhi University Teacher’s Association), Student’s Union of DU and most importantly the students of DU themselves. Such an autocratic move is not expected and that to when it comes to education. Officials of DU are also of the opinion that it is, but a part of normal strategy to gain parity in the General elections 2014. The reason that AAP gives for such a proposal is that when the Delhiites fund about 28 colleges of the DU, both partially and completely, then why should they be denied admissions to these colleges?
In the most recent video conference our President showed his disappointment on account of none of the Indian Institutions gaining a place in the top 200 list in the ranking of the Universities worldwide. In such a dicey situation how can the government afford to think about something like this? We require best of the best students, irrespective of the places where they come from and other factors like funds. “If this is the scenario going to be like, then DU should either close down or have no entry at all for the students outside Delhi. Already DELTECH has about 85% of reservation for the Delhiites and NLU Delhi about 94%” says, Amita Nowal, a first year non-delhiite student of DU. “My priorities also included making a career in Law. NLU Delhi was the best option available in Delhi. Despite an over-whelming score I could not get in because only 6% of seats were available to the outsiders” says Amita. This forced me to contemplate over the fact, who is actually at loss? Is it the students? Or these institutions themselves? The outsiders they reject might be better than the Delhiites they take in.
If we carefully observe the matter, children living in Delhi are much more exposed to the opportunities. They get the advantage of residing in the ‘National Capital’. They are generally brazen, outspoken and confident as compared to the students coming from outside. They surprisingly, come from places which are as far as the North- Eastern and the Southern parts of the country. Despite not having availed as good opportunities as the kids living in Delhi get, these students aspire to study in DU. The world we live in has become a quest for the fittest. The fittest of all will only survive in this cut-throat competition. Fortunately none of the top colleges of DU come in the list of those 28 colleges. Even if this rule is implemented, or rather ‘imposed'; the best colleges of DU like St. Stephens, Hindu, LSR, Miranda, Hansraj, Venky, Ramjas, Kirori Mal, JMC would follow the same pattern of reservations.
DU Colleges had even been ‘wooed’ at the time of latest elections in Delhi to get the votes. It seems the AAP Ministry is all set to hit the bull’s eye in the upcoming General Elections 2014, by keeping education at a stake. Is education really a priority of the government? Or is it just the power that they are looking for? Are we really a part of a nation which is the biggest democracy in the world? The irony is that these questions have never been tactfully answered, and if this scenario prolongs, they are likely never to be answered.