More than 300 principals of private unaided schools in Delhi have supported the Bharatiya Janata Party's demand to provide relaxation in cut-off marks in Delhi University for students passing their Class XII examinations from Delhi schools. The party had earlier demanded that such students be provided 2 to 4 per cent relaxation in cut-off marks in Delhi University colleges. 

At a meeting here, the principals also signed a memorandum to demand relaxation for students in the cut-off marks for securing admission in the university.

The meeting, held under the banner of Delhi State Public School Management Association (DSPSMA), was also attended by Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel, who announced that he would lead a delegation of principals of unaided schools to the Vice-Chancellor to hand over a memorandum seeking relaxation in cut-off marks  for students passing out from Delhi schools and increase in number of undergraduate seats by starting evening classes in morning colleges and opening up of new colleges.

The representatives at the meetingwere unanimous that there was an acute shortage of undergraduate seats in the university. “Out of 54,000 seats available for undergraduates, only half were available in general category and more than 50 per cent of these go to students from other States,’’ they said, adding that this effectively means only around 8,000 undergraduate seats in general category are available for Delhi students.

This, it was pointed out, was an abysmal figure considering over 2 lakh students pass out of Class XII from Delhi schools each year.

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