Colleges funded by State demand their DU

The Delhi government is allegedly considering de-linking 12 of its colleges from Delhi University. The government is reportedly unhappy with huge number of outstation students getting admission in these colleges. 'The government is considering affiliating the 12 colleges it fully funds to the state-run Guru Govind Singh Indraprastha University,' said Rajib Ray, DU Executive Council member. 'They want to ensure that 85 % of the seats in these colleges are reserved for Delhi students.' Ray referred to a meeting called on Wednesday by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit to discuss the admission, land allotment and management issues of the Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education and Sports Science, which is 100 % funded by the state government.

'The Delhi government has no right to decide the admission or management policy of any colleges under Delhi University,' said Ray. 'These are done by the academic and executive councils.' Teachers of these 12 colleges have alleged that the government is interfering with the admission policies of the colleges, although it has no prerogative to do so. College principals expressed concern over the alleged move. 'None of these colleges can be shifted from Delhi University because they get their identity from the university,' said Savitri Singh, principal, Acharya Narendra Dev College. 'It is the DU degree that is of value to students.' The chief minister said no decision has been taken. 'Such a move would require a Cabinet decision and no such decision has been taken yet,' said Dikshit. 'It is imperative that Delhi students get to study in Delhi government-funded colleges. But for that we can create more colleges under Ambedkar University,' Dikshit added, referring to the newly formed state university for humanities and social science. Teachers, however, pressed the panic button after alleged inquiries from government officials.

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