Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGMC)-run colleges are awaiting Delhi University’s nod to part ways with the varsity’s centralised admission process.
The colleges are seeking an autonomous admission process like St Stephen’s and Jesus and Mary College, according to Delhi University officials.
Last year, the three colleges — Mata Sundari College for Women, Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College and Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce — set their cut-offs for various courses based on the applications invited through the centralised admission process of Delhi University. But sources said no decision has been taken on whether they will be exempted from varsity’s admission rules.
Parminder Pal Singh, the DSGMC spokesperson, said the High Court granted minority status to these colleges, but that was only after the admission process kicked off last year. “We are hopeful to implement our own admission policy this year,” he told Deccan Herald.
As per the government’s reservation policy, these institutions are expected to have a quota for the minority they were set up to cater to (Sikhs in this case) to the extent of 50 per cent.
As of now, it is not clear whether Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College, another DSGMC-run DU college, can have its own admission process.
“The college has been giving cut-off relaxation of 5 per cent to both Sikh and non-Sikh students who have studied Punjabi till class 10 or 12. It’s important for us to preserve our culture, this is why these institutions were set up in the first place,” Singh said. He said the Committee is trying to clear this issue in another two to three days.
Being a Christian minority institution, St Stephen’s and Jesus and Mary College are allowed to follow a schedule and procedure for admission which is different from that at other Delhi University colleges. Different from other colleges, St Stephen’s holds personal interviews to screen out applicants.