Reservation of seats in private universities for students domiciled in Haryana has been reduced by 60 per cent,after the Haryana Private Universities (Amendment) Bill was passed in the Assembly last month.
As per the amendment,the percentage of seats reserved for students from the state is now 10 per cent,down from the earlier 25 per cent. In the amended Act,the provision for fee concession for domiciled students has also been deleted.
As a consolation for some,the rule will be applicable only to those private universities which have collaborations with reputed foreign or international universities. But the move to relax the provisions has caused heartburn,especially among the poor and students belonging to the Scheduled Castes.
The Haryana Private Universities Act,besides having a provision for 25 per cent reservation for the students from Haryana in all private universities in the state,stipulated 10 per cent of the reserved quota to be kept for SC students.
The Indian National Lok Dal had created a ruckus in the Vidhan Sabha when the amendment Bill was introduced,charging the government of trying to favour a particular university,referring to the Jindal Groups proposed university. Education Minister Mange Ram Guptas statement that the governments move was with the intention of improving the standard of education in the state was described as unpalatable by the Opposition. Interestingly,the Jindal family is among the first to get government clearance for opening a private university in Sonepat,under the name O P Jindal Global University.
Introduced in the concluding moments of the Budget session,the Bill was passed despite vehement protests by the Opposition.