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Sibal slams 100% cut-off in DU college

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Students having a look at a cut-off list in a Delhi University college. Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal on Wednesday came out strongly against high cut-off marks in DU colleges. File photo: Anu Pushkarna
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Students having a look at a cut-off list in a Delhi University college. Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal on Wednesday came out strongly against high cut-off marks in DU colleges. File photo: Anu Pushkarna

Sharply criticising a prestigious Delhi University college for declaring an unbelievable 100 per cent cut-off for a particular course, Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal on Wednesday said it was sad that the cut-offs were “irrational” and “exclusionary.”

Mr. Sibal was referring to the Shri Ram College of Commerce on the North Campus which has declared a 96-100 per cent cut-off for admission to B.Com (Honours) in its first list. The Delhi University's admission cut-offs for under-graduate courses, which were declared on Tuesday evening, are at an all-time high.

“It is very sad that a college has declared a 100 per cent cut-off for applicants from a certain stream. I have heard that another college has declared a 99 per cent cut-off,” Mr. Sibal said at a press conference where Delhi University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dinesh Singh was also present.

Attributing the high cut-offs to “systemic and policy issues,” Mr. Sibal said: “Is a student with 97 or 98 per cent incapable of studying Commerce compared to a student with 100 per cent? Only one student in this entire list has 100 per cent marks in the Science stream and he may never take Commerce.”

The Minister criticised the treatment meted out to students on the basis of their academic background. “I ask the Vice-Chancellor and colleges to take note of the high cut-offs,” he said and asked the university and its colleges to fix rational cut-offs for admission.

Empathising with parents and students, the Minister added that “this irrationality” would be taken care of.

Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dinesh Singh said: “Cut-offs will fall in the four more lists which are still to come. The high cut-offs are owing to the excellent performance of students in the school leaving examinations. Last year, there were 200 Central Board of Secondary Education Class XII students with more than 95 per cent, this year there are 800. Also, colleges are being a little cautious in the first list to avoid being over-flooded by students.”

Terming the high cut-off an aberration, Prof. Singh said: “The colleges decide their individual cut-offs through their staff councils. We may have to take a look at this and alter the university statutes. The university is not for too much centralisation.”

When contacted, Shri Ram College of Commerce Principal Dr. P.C. Jain said: “The number of performing students has increased, but there is a dearth of centres of excellence. Hence, students throng to the few existing institutions. Education, performance and competition has improved but the fault lies with the system which has not provided enough capacity.”


Cut-off marks June 17, 2011

I agree that the connotation in 'our cutoff is 100% and science students are just not good enough to qualify' is a negative one. But no one says anything when commerce students are not allowed to appear (leave alone an opportunity for entrance!!) in science streams (medicine and engineering). In my opinion, the issue also encompasses the scope for a broader debate on allowing 'mixed' disciplines an opportunity for entrance in different graduation streams. This becomes all the more important in India, since students are not sufficiently (read 'not at all') counselled before taking up subjects after matriculation. Cross disciplinary entrance will ensure a fairness to all entrance seekers.

from:  Sankalp Raghuvanshi
Posted on: Jun 21, 2011 at 01:02 IST

sibals should have think before declare cut off marks .todays politician can not think today for tommorow

from:  sushil sarma
Posted on: Jun 20, 2011 at 13:16 IST

It is totally astonishing the amount of comments on politicians should not interfere in this? I just do not understand why people are so ignorant about our democracy. What is required is increased school infrastructure, so that enough opportunity can be provided to every one. As long as the education is distributed, and not focused on pockets, things would progress. This is not a private college that sibal is referring and that point should be taken. If there are more students than seats, then it is high time DU thinks about increased facility or having more campuses around the country. This is a no brainer that people just don't get it, and keep fighting either politicians or with something they have to say, but nothing about the real problems.

from:  Sam Crisnan
Posted on: Jun 19, 2011 at 10:48 IST

The high cut-off for admission is not good, because there no difference in the ability of persons who got 98%,99%. But it is up to the board to decide the cut-off for their entrance exams. the politicians should not involve in this matter. If the students are high, then the board has to choose alternative to filter the students like conducting interviews etc.... but it is up to the board's decision, no one can blame this..

from:  Sarath
Posted on: Jun 17, 2011 at 14:30 IST

I don't understand ..aren't there regulatory policies in matters like these? And shouldn't Sibal keep abreast with how colleges in India function?

from:  luhar sen
Posted on: Jun 17, 2011 at 11:40 IST

As per cut-off seems that getting admission in from good college B-COM becoming more difficult then giving IIT exam.

from:  Nitin
Posted on: Jun 16, 2011 at 16:32 IST

Sibal seems to have lost it. Does he really think the people are so stupid? The reason the colleges can't put a more 'democratic' cut-off is because otherwise the college would be flooded with more students than seats. One cannot deny a student above the cut-off admission. And the results are not only so high because students have an 'excellent performance' but because of the whole system itself. Reform that first, Mr. Sibal. The 100% cut-off is only a symptom of it.

from:  Shagun
Posted on: Jun 16, 2011 at 15:27 IST

A comment or news item about high cut-offs for college admissions is not going to bat an eyelid among the people of Tamil Nadu! We are the past masters at insanely high cut-offs! It is a matter of immense pride for us!

from:  Rohan
Posted on: Jun 16, 2011 at 14:23 IST

Why does Sibal react rather than act? What is the point of making a statement criticizing something after it has already happened? Didn't he anticipate this happening when everybody in the academic fraternity saw it coming?

from:  Avneesh
Posted on: Jun 16, 2011 at 14:06 IST

Any college has a right to be selective in choosing students for admission. Politicians should stay away from imposing their will in the merit-based selection process.

from:  Ramdas
Posted on: Jun 16, 2011 at 09:26 IST
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