New Delhi: The central universities in Delhi will not be able to meet the January 31 deadline for providing details for implementation of the 10% economically weaker sections (EWS) quota, said a report on Thursday.

A leading daily pointed out that most colleges also didn’t know how to go about implementing the 25% increase in intake capacity for all programmes. Delhi University had written to all colleges to provide the details but they
have reportedly not mentioned the financial aspects yet.

A college principal told the daily, “If the implementation of EWS quota requires a 25% increase in intake capacity, a 40% hike in resources — classrooms, teaching and non-teaching staff — will be needed…Currently, we admit 50 students. With 10% reservation, the number of students will rise to 60 for which we will have to divide the class into two sections of 30 students each. For this, we will require teachers as we cannot disturb the teacher-student
ratio. These are the details that we have sent to the university.”

The University Grants Commission (UGC) letter mentions that intake capacity can be increased over two years so now colleges are mulling on phase-wise implementation. “For adding more seats, we may have to make two sections for the same subject. This will lead to infrastructure requirements, like more classrooms and teachers,” said another principal.

He said since planning would take time, implementation could only be done from the next session. The Principal of a North Campus college pointed out that colleges will face a space crunch for adding new classes and creating
new sections.

Meanwhile, other universities are also taking their time to assess infrastructure. A senior official of Jamia Millia Islamia told the daily, “We will discuss the issue in our academic council meeting scheduled on February 4. We will decide how as a minority institution we can formulate implementation of the quota.”

JNU Rector-1 Chintamani Mahapatra was quoted as saying, “We are ready to implement the reservation. We will decide on the seat changes and infrastructure requirements soon.”