The tension was palpable on the very first day of admission at Delhi University on Thursday. The high cut-offs at DU for the new academic session has created apprehensions among applicants.
While on the one hand, the government is trying to de-stress the education system by introducing reforms such as grading in class X, on the other hand colleges are emphasising on marks by having high cutoffs and making admissions tougher for students. For instance, Shri Ram College of Commerce’s (SRCC) first cut-off at 100% is an unrealistic target for most students.
While students crowded at the admission counters, Vikas Kumar who has scored 90.2% in his board exam said, “I was hoping to get a seat in SRCC, but the college has unrealistic expectations. I hope the second cut-off list is more realistic.”
However, according to JM Khurana,
dean, Students’ Welfare, Delhi University, the remaining four cut-off lists will be more reasonable allowing a mixture of brilliant and average students to apply.
Gurpreet Singh Tuteja, deputy dean, Students’ Welfare, DU, expressed unhappiness with the whole marking system. He said, “The cut-offs have gone so high because of the poor marking system. For admissions to take place smoothly, what is required is one common entrance examination like the AIEEE. I am sure this is soon going to happen when the grades system falls into place in 2013.”
According to Siddharth Samuel, who has taken admission in Bhimrao Ambedkar College in applied psychology with 81% marks, high cut-offs in colleges will ultimately allow only those students who are good academically. “For all-rounders there is no place in the university. What is the need for a sports stadium and other co-curricular activities when students will be consumed totally by studies?” he asks.
However, Khurana differed, saying, “For admissions, academically bright students are what we are looking for. Also, it is not true that an academically brilliant student is any less in cultural or sports activities. It all depends on how you balance it.”
Apart from the tense mood on campus, there was also confusion regarding optional and provisional mark-sheets.
An outstation student who scored 85% and was present at DU for admission in BCom Honours under the OBC quota, said, “I am not eligible to take admission in BCom Honours as the college authorities have held me ineligible for the course saying that I filled in incorrect information about the course in the form. Even though I have the required percentage they are offering me a BCom pass course. Now, if I don’t take this seat I might not even get this seat later. I am confused.”
More than 10 students from Haryana were holding an agitation outside the dean, Students’ Welfare office. Aspirants of Kirori Mal College, they had met the college cut-offs for different subjects under the OBC quota, yet, they were being sent back.
On being asked why, Gaurav Kumar with 90% in the board exam said, “I want admission in BSc Honours maths and I have the required percentage as well. The college sent me back as I did not have the marksheet. Our results were announced only six days back and the marksheets are yet to come. But our college has provided us with the provisional certificates, which according to DU norms can be submitted for admission even if the marksheets have not arrived.”
Kumar is seeking help and hopes that the university officials are able to help him.
Amit Yadav with 89% who is meeting the cut-off for BSc physics and Gaurav Arora with 83% who is meeting the cut-off for BSc chemistry, were sent back by Kirori Mal College on the same grounds. They said, “We even have the provisional certificates signed by our college principal. If the university was not to accept the optional certificates why did they mention it on their website? We don’t know what to do and where to go now.”
FROM THE DEAN’S DESK
THE cut-offs are declared as per CBSE markings. Now, CBSE should answer if their markings are lenient or strict. As far as the cut-off for SRCC is concerned, I feel it’s irrational to keep such a high cut-off. But, at the same time, students should not get perturbed. There are four more cut-off lists to be announced and every deserving student will get his/her desired course
— JM Khurana,
Dean, Students’ Welfare, Delhi University
THE cut-offs have gone so high because of the poor marking system. For admissions to take place smoothly, what is required is one common entrance examination like the AIEEE. I am sure this is soon going to happen when the grades system falls into place in 2013
— Gurpreet Singh Tuteja,
Deputy dean, Students’ Welfare,