Kejriwal seeks amendments in Delhi University Act for establishing new colleges

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Expressing concerns about higher admission cuts at Delhi University Colleges, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Friday that he has written to Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank seeking an amendment to the DU Act so that more colleges and universities can be developed in the region. Addressing an online media conference, Kejriwal said that more colleges and universities in Delhi need to be opened to provide higher education opportunities for students.

“About 2,5 lakh students in Delhi complete 12 board exams a year and only 1,25 lakh are admitted to city colleges,” Kejriwal said. He said that there are 91 colleges and institutes affiliated with Delhi University, while the IP University, which provides technical degrees, has 127 colleges and institutes.

He said that according to Section 5(2) of the DU Act, new colleges founded in the city will have to be affiliated with Delhi University. In the last 30 years, DU has not been a member of any new college, Kejriwal said, adding that it could be due to its maximum potential.

Kejriwal said that he had asked the Union Education Minister to delete Section 5(2) of the DU Act so that more colleges and universities could be developed in the region. “The cut-off in the event that certain colleges have risen to 100%. Where can those with a lower percentage go? It’s not their responsibility. It’s our responsibility, including both the governments in Delhi and the central government,” said the Chief Minister.

He said there is a massive shortage of colleges and universities in Delhi because no higher education institutions have been opened despite the number of students seeking admissions after the 12th grade has risen. Earlier this week, the University of Delhi announced its first cut-off entry list for Lady Shri Ram College, with a total score of 100 percent for three Honors courses.

The 100 percent cut-off for undergraduate admissions to the University of Delhi arrives after a five-year delay. “Today, colleges in Delhi have the capacity to accept just 50 percent of 2,50 lakh students moving through class 12 every year. There is a pressing need to open more universities and colleges.” The Delhi government is ready to open colleges and universities, but there is a legal stumbling block in the form of the DU Act that was passed by the British in 1922, which stipulates that every new college would only have to be affiliated with Delhi University,” he said.

The Act was revised in 1998 and the IP University was opened for affiliation of vocational training institutions. This university has 127 associated colleges and has also expended its ability, he said. Kejriwal said there is a need to open new colleges and universities to accommodate all students from Delhi as well as those coming to the city for higher education, he said.

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