The Delhi High Court has passed the plea filed by Mata Sundari College for Women to allow the four minority colleges to exempt the 27% reserved seats for the students from Other Backward Classes (OBC) category.
The minority colleges include Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College, Guru Gobind Singh College, and Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College including Mata Sundari College for Women. These colleges come under Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), constituted under the Delhi Sikh Gurdwaras Act.
In August 2011, the above mentioned colleges won minority status which allowed them to exempt 50% reservation from other categories. Earlier this week Mata Sundari College for Women appealed to the High Court to exempt the 27% OBC quota.
In response to why only the OBC quota has been removed, Dr. Kawaljit Kaur, principal of the college said, “It is the order of the court. As the minority status has not been confirmed yet, we had to seek for the exemption from the court for the OBC quota. As of now, only temporary relief has been given to the college only for this year. Till now, we have not received any order in written from the court. We have only read about this in the newspaper.”
According to her, the OBC reservation should not be applicable to the minority institutions because their management is seeking for a minority status under which 50% can be reserved for their own minority but the college does not plan to remove SC/ST quota.“We have been admitting SC/ST and People with disability (PWD) students all this time and we will continue this practice.” She said.
Since the 27% seats from the OBC quota have been exempted, Dr. Kawaljit Kaur said that these seats will now be distributed among the General category candidates.“Since it has not been confirmed, we will be admitting minority students with a little relaxation in their marks as per the previous years.” She added.