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OBC to get more options in the Capital this year

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With Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University most likely to implement the Other Backward Castes reservation from this academic year, students from that category wanting to pursue an under-graduate course in the Capital can look forward to more options being available to them. At present Delhi University has reserved about 10,183 seats for OBC candidates from the coming academic year. IP University was established by the Delhi Government in 1998. 'We have not received any official information from the Delhi Government on execution of OBC reservation. But we believe the State Government will go ahead with the matter and we may implement around 9 % reservation for OBCs from this session,' said a IP University official.

Some DU officials feel that with IP University also opening its doors to OBC students, these candidates could perhaps shift their loyalties to the State university. However, DU colleges feel that they will still continue to attract OBC students. 'Last year only about 15 OBC seats were left vacant in our college. The number of OBC applications has gone up this year. I don't see any problem as students would, if given a chance, prefer to study in Delhi University,' said Hans Raj College Principal S.R. Arora.

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