Concern over high cut-off for OBC seats in DU

Govt said it is contemplating several steps to address the issue of filling seats reserved for OBC in DU colleges.

New Delhi: Expressing concern over the
high cut-off coming in the way of filling seats reserved for
OBC in Delhi University colleges, government on Thursday said it is
contemplating several steps to address the issue including
moving to Supreme Court.

The existing education system is "working against
policy of access to education," said HRD Minister Kapil Sibal
while batting for holding a single examination for children
across the country to do away with such problems.

Stating that "he will sit" with the Vice Chancellor of
Delhi University on the issue of high cut-off, Sibal hinted at
the other option of moving to Supreme Court for the benefit of
the OBC students.

"This is something that I am thinking of to move to
Supreme Court that your 10 per cent margin that you have
kept... is not in fact fulfilling the aspirations of OBC
students who want admission in Delhi University. But I have
not taken a final decision on it. This is one of the options,"
he said on the sidelines of a function here.

Sibal observed that it will be difficult to get OBC
candidates for the seats if the cut-off is above 90 per cent.

The Supreme Court order on OBC reservation allows
maximum 10 per cent relaxation so as to fill all the seats.

He said his dream is to see that the single country-
wide examination will become a reality by 2013. "This is my
objective, desire and dream," he said.

Asked about IIT Delhi`s move to start a grooming
programme for SC & ST students which has come under attack
from some quarters for being "discriminatory", Sibal said
the institute has "withdrawn it from their website".

A section of the academic community felt the programme
could have caused "segregation" between students on the basis
of caste.

The programme was due to start from July 10.

PTI

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