The high cut-off marks, including 100 per cent in one of Delhi's famous colleges, for admission this year has triggered a controversy with Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal today coming out strongly against it and assuring parents that the government would intervene in the matter.
But Sri Ram College of Commerce, which has fixed 100 per cent cut-off marks for admission to undergraduate commerce course justified it, saying it has been a practice for last 20 years and there was nothing wrong with it.
“I was sad to hear it. I want to reach out to parents and students and tell them don't worry...We will take care of this irrationality. We are on your side,” Sibal told reporters here as the cut-off has sent a collective sense of disbelief among the student community.
“I am informed by the (Delhi University) Vice Chancellor that there is only one student in the entire list who has got a 100 per cent mark in science. He may never go to commerce. The idea is to exclude everybody in the science stream and not to allow them an opportunity. This is completely irrational,” he said.
DU Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh, however, sought to allay students' fears, saying with four more cut-off lists were due to come and that the "cut-offs will come down significantly".
He said the high-cut off was largely because of the high scores achieved by students in the school leaving exams.
"Last year in CBSE examination, students who scored more than 95 per cent were 200. This year there are 800. There are high scoring groups now. Therefore, colleges are being cautious in the first cut-off,".