A bench of justices V K Jain and Pratibha Rani gave the exemptions to SGTB Khalsa College, Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College, Mata Sundari College and Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce, accepting their pleas that they have been declared minority educational institutions by the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI).
“We are of the view that the practicewhich these institutions (four colleges) have been following till 2011-12 in the matter of reservation shall not be changed particularly when these institutions have already been declared as minority education institutions by the NCMEI,” the bench said.
The court also modified the May 29 order of its single judge bench which had directed these four colleges to abide by the University's directions, which had asked them to implement the 27 percent reservation policy by admitting students belonging to SC, ST and OBC categories.
These colleges had moved the division bench challenging the high court's May 29 order and seeking exemption from the stipulated 27 percent reservation for OBCs in the institutions of higher learning.
“We, therefore, modify the order (of single bench) dated May 29, 2012 that the appellant (these colleges) shall give reservation in admission for 2012-13 to SC/ST categories, as per the norms of the DU but they will not be obliged to give reservation to the OBC,” the bench said.