By AN Shibli (NVONews.Com)
New Delhi: The new circular from the directorate of education of Delhi Government has created confusion among the minority educational institutions. The circular that has been sent to the minority education institution has asked them if they want to get exemption from the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) quota they should present the certificate of the minority status of the institutions. The people who are running educational institutions are very afraid from this new circular. They say when Supreme Court has already said that the minority institutions not taking any help from the Government will not be included in Compulsory Education Act, what is the need of such directives.
This is clear from the Supreme Court order that institutions being run by their own resources have no compulsion to give admission to anyone under EWS quota. But the new circular has confused them.
Maulana Habibullah Hashmi, general secretary All India Tanzeemul Muslimeen says that the minority communities in the country have constitutional right to open their educational institutions and run them then why the confusion has been created by sending these types of circulars. He says when institutions getting help from government are not bound to give admission to anyone under EWS quota, why this harassment.
Kamal Farooqui, member All India Muslim Personal Law Board says that the main problem is the fact that officers those are working in different departments of government are very shrewd and they used some technical words that are comprehensive for all and that creates confusion. He goes to adds that when the news about low number of Muslims students in private Schools came in media and then Ramvilas Paswan and Abdul Khaliq raised this issue in Parliament then the Delhi Government has come under pressure and is doing all these things.
There is a possibility that now the government will say it will be compulsory for those institutions to give admissions to 20 percent students under EWS that have got land from Government on very low rates. According to the January 25, 2007 notification of Directorate of Education and the order of High Court it is compulsory for any educational institution to give admission to 20 percent students under EWS that are established on Government land.