The Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committees confirmation on Monday that four of the Delhi University colleges managed by it would reserve 50 per cent of seats for Sikh students means that more than 1,800 under-graduate seats will move from the general category to reserved category starting next admission season.
These include nearly 550 seats at Sri Guru Teg Bahadur (SGTB) Khalsa College,a prominent college in North Campus.
SGTB Khalsa,Mata Sundri College for Women,Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce and Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College are run by the gurudwara committee.
The colleges were granted the status of minority educational institutions in 2011. At present,only St Stephens College and Jesus and Mary College are the minority institutions in DU. They offer 50 per cent reservation for Christian students.
At the SGTB Khalsa College,the move will mean that around 550 of a total of nearly 1,180 under-graduate seats will be be reserved for Sikh students. The college offers all major science and arts courses. It has 185 seats in B Com (Hons) and 62 seats in BA Economics (Hons),as per DUs bulletin of information on under-graduate courses.
Mata Sundri College offers arts and commerce courses. Here,out of a total of a little more than 1,100 first-year seats,nearly 550 will be for Sikh students. At Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce,nearly 300 seats will be reserved. For Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College,the number of seats reserved will be more than 400.
The reservation,however,is not expected to have any effect on physically handicapped students and on seats under the extra curricular activities and sports quota.
Officials from DUs legal department said while there is no stay on the colleges reserving seats for Sikh students,they cannot claim minority status as a petition challenging the status awarded by National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions is pending in court.
The university challenged the minority status immediately after it was awarded,and the case is in Delhi High Court, said Amit Bansal,DUs additional standing counsel.