DSGMC seeks relaxation for Sikh students in its colleges

New Delhi: Condemning the notice issued by Delhi University against giving relaxation to students of the Sikh community in the colleges managed by the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), Manjit Singh (GK), president of the DSGMC, insisted to continue the practice of giving preference to Sikh students.

He said order issued by the university for not giving relaxation to Sikh students in DSGMC colleges was arbitrary and dictatorial.

Management of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College, Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College, Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce and Mata Sundri College had been given facility to 3 to 5 per cent students of the Sikh community for the last many years.

But, these colleges were given status of minority institution by the National Commission for Minorities Education (NCME) three years back. Under such status 50 per cent seats are reserved for minority that runs the institution, he said.

But the Sikh students could not enjoy the benefit of minority status as the university has taken court stay order against the notification issued by the NCME to give minority status to the DSGMC-run colleges. The case is still in the Delhi High Court, Manjit said.

There is no direction from the court that the Sikh students should not be given any relaxation, he said.

Despite the case being pending in the court, the university in an absolutely illogical, irresponsible and dictatorial manner has issued a dictate on June 18 to the colleges that any relaxation for the Sikh students would be a violation of the court order which had not permitted admission on this basis, Manjit said.

However, Paramjit Singh Sarna said that when he was head of the DSGMC, the gurdwara committee got minority status for the colleges.

The case was contested in the court against the stay order of the university. When the new committee came, the case was withdrawn from the court, resulting in the students suffering.

Manjit denied Saran’s allegation, saying that he was not aware of the fact. The case is still in the court.

Source: The Tribune

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