Minority status: Khalsa College

Jaswinder Singh Baidwan

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Staff member

The Delhi High Court today gave the go-ahead to Delhi University (DU)-affiliated Khalsa College to commence its admission process for this academic year under the minority status.
“How are the teachers of the college affected if students are given admission under the minority status?” Justice GS Sistani asked the DU teachers who had sought a stay on the National Commission for Minority Educational Institution order granting minority status to Sri Guru Teg Bahadur (SGTB) Khalsa College.
The Judge added, “Fresh appointments of teachers in the college will be subject to the final outcome of the writ petition.” It said the authorities concerned should inform the new students that the petition challenging the minority status given to the college was pending.
The High Court, in its interim order yesterday, had only allowed the counselling process, not the admissions.
The court’s order came on a plea by the teachers who had claimed that if admissions under the minority status were allowed, their service conditions would be affected. They had also challenged the grant of minority status on the grounds that it would affect the interests of SC/ST students.
The college was granted minority status in 2011, which was then challenged by teachers as well as DU on whose plea a stay was granted by the High Court in 2012, according to the petition filed by the teachers.
As per the plea, DU had withdrawn its petition in July last year, saying that it had no objection to the minority status granted to the college.
Last July, the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), which runs the college, had assured the court that the admissions and appointment of teachers would “continue as per the old system” which allows admission in general as well as SC/ST/OBC categories.
On April 18 this year, the DSGMC said since DU and the government had accepted the minority status, it would not continue the ‘interim arrangement’ and not be bound by the provisions of the SC/ST Reservation Act. The teachers had then again filed a plea seeking a stay on the order.