Mumbai University to provide one per cent reservation to orphans

Meanwhile, orphan students have welcomed the move but along with it, they have demanded a fee waiver as well

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On Friday, May 31, Mumbai University decided to implement one per cent reservation for orphan students willing to pursue higher education from this academic year. Meanwhile, orphan students have welcomed the move but along with it, they have demanded a fee waiver as well.

Under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015, orphans leaving care homes and trusts do not have a caste certificate and have to be devoid of administrative benefits. So to avoid that, such orphan students are being given 1% reservation from the open category,” the notice read. 

Earlier, the Maharashtra government had issued a government resolution -  reservation quota for orphan students in education and employment sectors. However, the institution could not implement the reservation last year, since the academic year had already commenced.

But again this year, following the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) results on May 28, MU had issued an admissions-related circular that failed to mention the reservation. After which, activists from Prahar Student Organisation had threatened to protest outside the Vice Chancellor’s office if the reservation was not implemented in two days.

In response, the university issued a circular on Friday, asking the principals and directors of government-aided and unaided colleges, and various departments of MU to take cognisance of the circular issued by the State government in April last year.

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