Student organisations in Delhi University held protests in the North Campus here on Saturday against the spiralling cut-offs. The 100 per cent cut-off established by the Shri Ram College of Commerce was particularly criticised.
The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad emphasised that deserving candidates who had toiled hard to secure good marks had been rendered helpless. The need for establishing new colleges was also pointed out.
Voicing opposition to “arbitrary cut-offs and attempts to scuttle admission of students” from socio-economically deprived backgrounds, the All India Students' Association (AISA) staged a protest demonstration at the office of Dean of Students' Welfare of Delhi University.
The AISA emphasised that the admission procedure needed to be restructured to incorporate students from State Boards and socio-economically weaker sections.
“The Delhi University in a very elitist and arbitrary manner announced cut-offs as high as 100 per cent revealing an exclusionary mindset,” the AISA said in a statement.
It was pointed out that in many State Boards the topper does not get more than 95 per cent. The Shri Ram College of Commerce's requirement of 100 per cent for students of a certain stream to pursue B. Com (Honours) “prevents any inter-disciplinary education…and only one student in the whole country has scored the required percentage,” the statement said.
The student organisation has demanded a “thorough restructuring of the admission policy and procedure in DU, which could give chance to talented students from State Boards and ensure social justice by providing equal opportunities to Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe, differently-abled and Other Backward Classes students as well as the implementation of a deprivation points-based system.”