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Delhi seeks amendment in DU Act, says ready to start new colleges

Section 5(2) of Delhi University Act,1922 is obstructing Delhi govt to open new colleges and universities, therefore, the Center should abolish this British era law, says CM Arvind Kejriwal

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New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said that there is a need for many more colleges and universities in Delhi. 

Addressing a digital press conference here, Kejriwal said he has written to Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal seeking to abolish the Section 5(2) Delhi University Act, 1922 so that new colleges and universities can be opened in Delhi. 

He said the Delhi University Act made during the British era states that a new college needs to be affiliated with Delhi University. The CM said students are facing a tough time getting enrolled in colleges because of high cut-off marks. 

Kejriwal asked with cut-offs touching 100 per cent, what will happen to students who secure 60 per cent, 70 per cent, 80 per cent, 90 per cent, 95 per cent?. He also observed that every year, Delhi has around 2,50,000 students passing out from school, but around 1,25,000 of them manage to get admission in Delhi-based colleges. The CM asked what will happen to the remaining 1,25,000?

Given that Delhi is the capital of the nation, it should have been at par with the increasing number of students however, there is a stark imbalance in the ratio of the number of universities to the number of students.”

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