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50 percent seats for Sikhs reserved in Khalsa ollege

New Delhi: Delhi University’s Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College, after getting approval of Delhi High Court for its minority status or character, will have the right to reserve 50 percent seats for Sikh students. Also, this College would release separate merit lists for Sikh and non-sikh students. Principal of this College, Dr. Jaswinder Singh told media persons that though he had not seen the High Court’s order (which was announced on 20 June), but since the minority status has been given to this college, he would give admission under the 50 percent Sikh quota. This college will now give admissions through the centralised process and release its own merit list separately for Sikh and non-Sikh students / candidates, as is being done by the Christian minority ST. Stephen’s College and Jesus and Mary College. Under the non-Sikh category, general candidates or students as well as those belonging to scheduled castes and scheduled tribes categories are included. The Principal (Jaswinder Singh) said that who else (in addition to SC and ST) will be included in the non-Sikh or general category will depend upon the High Court’s order (which he had not yet seen, as he said). It may be stated in this connection that Khalsa group of colleges i.e. Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khlasa Colege, Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce and Mata Sundari College for women and this College i.e. Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur (Khalsa) College, all run by Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Prabandhak / Management Committee had applied for minority status. While the first 3 colleges were given minority status with 50 percent quota in 2011, this one i.e. Sri Guru Tech Bahadur (Khalsa) College faced opposition from one of its own teachers who stopped it from getting minority status, but now, after Delhi High Court’s verdict of 20 June, this college too has got minority status.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 July 2016 on page no. 14

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