Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: With the upcoming Assembly Elections in mind, the Delhi government on Tuesday announced that it plans to reserve 90 percent of the seats in the Delhi University for local students.
The city government will now send a proposal to this effect to the Central government and the reservation will be valid in 12 DU colleges.
The move is aimed at attracting young voters, who are believed to be inclined towards the Aam Aadmi Party as per surveys.
Delhi Higher Education Minister AK Walia yesterday said the government provides 100 percent funding to the 12 colleges where it plans to reserve 90 percent seats for students from Delhi.
The BJP has been demanding reservation of seats for students from Delhi in the city colleges.
Walia said the government has also decided to reserve 50 percent seats in colleges which are being given 50 percent grant for their under capital head and five percent assistance as "recurring grant".
"We will send these recommendations to the University of Delhi and to the Ministry of Home Affairs for approval," he said.
Being a Union Territory, the Delhi government seeks permission of the Union Home Ministry for various issues.
The minister said students who have passed the 12th standard from schools located in Delhi will be eligible for availing the reservation.
He said if the recommendations are accepted, then around 19,000 seats will be available to students from Delhi in these colleges.
(With PTI inputs)