Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has asked his deputy Manish Sisodia, who also holds education portfolio to look for possibility of giving 80 percent reservation to students of the national capital in Delhi government-aided colleges, a PTI report said. He also wanted to know whether 80-85 percent of guest teachers could be inducted from the national capital through a drive being conducted to appoint 9,000 teachers. The step will help generate jobs for the people of Delhi.The chief minister, while interacting with volunteers on Google Hangout, listed some of the steps taken by his government, including in health and education sectors. He also urged them to popularise the schemes created by AAP.
The chief minister said that the AAP government wants to achieve 100 percent literacy-rate in the national capital and added that students belonging to Delhi had been complaining to him about not getting admission in the colleges based in the city. “Delhi is the capital of the nation. It belongs to everyone and all are welcome here. But the colleges being run with the money of Delhi’s taxpayers should have some reservation and students of Delhi should be given priority. I request Manish ji (Sisodia) to explore the possibility of giving reservation in 28 colleges which get aid from the Delhi government,” he was quoted as saying by the agency.
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The Kejriwal government had proposed a similar move in the past as well. Many students have complained that they were unable to get admissions in several colleges in Delhi due to high cut-offs. The students also have to compete with those who complete their class XII outside the national capital. Currently, only Delhi Technological University and the Indraprastha University give reservation to students residing in the national capital. He further said that the AAP government’s education scheme stands as a guarantor for students seeking education loan up to Rs 10 lakh has been expanded, the PTI report added.