Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi talks about changes in the DU ACT. He wrote a letter to Mr. R. Pokhriyal, the Union Education Minister for altering the DU act and implanting new colleges in Delhi. Hence, Mr. Kejriwal wants to add new colleges and universities into the capital to accommodate more students. However, a lot of legal obstacles are restricting this change in the DU act. Therefore, a proposal to the Union Education Minister was made on Friday, 16th October 2020.
Mr. Kejriwal highlights the problem of sky soaring cutoffs which are not justified. Lady Shri Ram College of Women(LSR) had the first cutoff of 100% which is phenomenally high. Along with this, more than 30 colleges have a cutoff as high as 99.5 percent. However, the huge number of 12th standard pass-outs are not eligible for such criteria. Hence, the chief minister considers it a matter of immediate concern.
What is the need to change the DU act?
A change in DU Act is vital as Delhi is in dire need of more colleges and universities. The national capital witness a shortage in the number of universities. Students all across the country envisage studying in DU but are unable to do so. A lot of rural area students also come to Delhi to impact higher education which is lacking in their area. Hence, an extension of colleges is necessary. Accommodations for all the students is important.
DU act is necessary because seats fall short in comparison to the number of applications. Academic session 2020-21 witnessed around 2 lakh applications in DU. However, the varsity has only 75,000 seats to offer. Hence, such high cutoffs are put to avoid over-admission. However, the growth of colleges should be kept at par with the number of passing students each year.
Where will students with less marks go?
Around 2.5 lakh students pass their 12th Board Examination each year. A majority of them apply for DU and look forward to studying in the Nation capital. However, DU is unavailable to accommodate them due to a lack of seats and less number of colleges. However, the big question is that the government cannot let go of other aspiring students as they also have an equal right to impart education. Therefore, Mr. Kejriwal seeks the help of union ministry Ramesh Pokhriyal to help those students. Hence, the modification of the DU act is for the greater good of the country.
Not all students are able enough to get the 100 percent or 99 percent eligibility criteria. However, this should not be the reason to deny them their education. Chief Minister Kejriwal holds the government responsible for this. Hence, he wants modification in DU Act. However, this is not possible without central help. Therefore, student accommodation is possible if the Delhi government and central government work together on the DU act.