Demanding a four per cent relaxation in cut-off marks for admission in Delhi University for students passing Class XII exam from city schools, Delhi BJP today slammed the Sheila Dikshit government for "doing nothing" in the last 14 years to address the problem of shortage of colleges in the city.
Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel said around 54,000 seats for undergraduate courses are available in Delhi University colleges annually, out of which, only 30 per cent seats go to students passing out from Delhi schools.
Addressing a students' gathering at Viveknanda Mahila College in East Delhi, Goel said a whopping 1.3 lakh students clear class XII exam annually from schools in Delhi and most of them are left in lurch as they do not get admission in Delhi University colleges.
Holding Delhi Government responsible for the situation, he said not a single college has been set up by it in the last 14 years.
"There are 54,000 seats available in DU colleges for undergraduate courses. During the last 15 years, not even a single college has been opened by the Congress government while the number of students passing out from Class XII in Delhi schools is no less than 1.3 lakh," Goel said and claimed that all 28 Delhi government run colleges have been opened by the BJP government.
The BJP leader demanded a four per cent relaxation in cut off marks for students passing class XII exam from Delhi schools and announced that party's youth wing Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha will spearhead a campaign to press for it.
In reflection of tough competition in getting admission in Delhi University colleges, the Ram Lal Anand College last month had declared a 100 per cent marks in its first cut off list for admission in its BTech in Computer Science course.
The Delhi unit of BJYM will hold a series of meetings of youths who have failed to get admission in DU colleges despite passing out from Delhi schools and 'gherao' the Chief Minister's residence soon to protest her government's inaction to address the problem.
"Less than 30 per cent of DU's seats for undergraduate courses have gone to students who passed out from Delhi schools. There is a huge gap in number of students passing out class XII and the number of seats taken by these students in DU. Most of them are left in lurch.
"A 4 per cent relaxation in cut off marks for the students from Delhi will help more students from the city to get admission," Goel said.
"The only way to reduce the gap is to increase the number of colleges substantially, start evening classes in morning colleges and open branches/chapters of prestigious colleges in DU in the surrounding areas of Delhi so that students applying from other states in the DU may not have to come all the way here.
"This would also help increase available seats in DU for Delhi students," he added.
Underlining the need for adequate focus on issues concerning the youths, he said BJP would try to channelise the power of youngsters to make Delhi a better city.
"We understand the importance of youth power and would like to channelise their raw energy into making Delhi a better and safer city.
"But for that, we need to address some issues concerning them, primary being, the issue of higher education at affordable fees within the city," Goel added.
"To deal with issues concerning youth holistically, the Delhi BJP has already issued an agenda for the youth in the Capital and it is committed to implement it," he said.
Addressing the gathering, Delhi BJYM President Guarav Khari said,"The youth of Delhi have to suffer because of inaction of the Congress government. Today even after scoring 90 per cent and more marks, Delhi students have to struggle to get admission in a DU college.
"The BJYM will press for a wider debate on preference for Delhi students in all DU colleges. If required there should be reservation of seats for students from Delhi schools in not only DU but also in other universities.
"The BJYM will expose the Congress' failure to address the problems and issues concerning youth in the capital through rallies, public meetings, protests, demonstrations and online campaign," he said.