Delhi University admissions are in full swing and students from all over India are scurrying about trying to get themselves enrolled into one of the prestigious institutions. In this mix, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal with characteristic, even missionary, zeal, has brought an old, festering problem back under the spotlight.
The problem that he is looking to highlight has to do with students from Delhi and surrounding areas who often find themselves unable to secure admission in Delhi University while those who are from other states often do.
This missing out by Delhi students has been a problem that political parties have sought from time to time to highlight keeping in mind the gains at polls to be made.
The theory is that since it is the Delhi University and it falls under the ambit of the Delhi government which in turn is elected by the people of the state, students hailing from here should get primacy in securing admissions and hence the demand for quota.
With parents and their wards in Delhi running from pillar to post to get admissions and not being able to do so creates ill-feeling that can have massive political repercussions. It is with this in mind that Arvind Kejriwal tweeted his complaint.
Read his tweet here:
Arvind Kejriwal @ArvindKejriwal 27m27 minutes ago
Delhi University admission system is most bizarre. They don’t have either quota for locals or normalisation of marks or entrance tests
With so much at stake, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) senior leader and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia had taken to Twitter as far back as June 2 in which he asked then HRD Minister Smriti Irani for a 5% relaxation (read ‘quota’) in Delhi University admissions.
Read the tweet below:
— AAP In News (@AAPInNews) July 2, 2016
Like every year, no progress on the matter looks to have been made as yet. With a new HRD minister in place now, it remains to be seen whether Delhi students will get a leg-up in the admissions process.
Meanwhile, at Delhi University it was business as usual as tens of thousands queued up at various colleges looking to get admission under the second cut-off list. Already on the first day technical glitches have caused a lot of inconvenience during the first cut-off list admissions. Significantly, this was the first time the university deployed a full-fledged online procedure – previously it was always a mix of online and offline. Delhi University has revealed that it received 2.5 lakh applications for the 54,000 seats in 63 colleges.
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