PU colleges may have to do away with differential cut-off marks for girls, boys

Dept. to issue circulars; college managements express reservations over decision; students, parents welcome the move

Private pre-university (PU) colleges may have to do away with the practice of publishing separate cut-off marks list for girls and boys for admissions from this year.

Each year, several private colleges publish separate merit lists for girls and boys. The cut-off marks are higher for girls because their pass percentage in SSLC is higher every year. As a result, several girl students are at a disadvantage across all combinations.

At a press conference here on Friday, Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Tanveer Sait said the department would issue circulars to PU colleges to ensure that this practice was done away with from the coming academic year. “We will ensure that none of the students is deprived of seats in private colleges because of his or her gender. It has to be purely on the basis of merit,” he said.

College managements have been publishing separate lists every year as they claim that they want to ensure “better gender ratio” in the classes. There was a difference of 5% in the cut-off marks for girls and boys in many of the top colleges in the city last year.

College managements, however, expressed their reservations over the government’s decision to do away with differential cut-off marks.

A.V. Chandrashekar, principal, PES PU and Degree College, said if colleges had to publish a single list, it would mean very few boys in many colleges since girls tend to score higher.

Mamatha Srinivas, whose younger daughter appeared for SSLC exam, said, “My elder daughter had scored 90.07% in SSLC and was unable to get into many of the top colleges in Bengaluru as the cut-off marks were high, but boys with the same marks had got the seats.”

The move has been welcomed by students and parents who feel that it would open a level-playing field for candidates, irrespective of their gender.

Chandana A.M., who has secured 622 out of 625 in SSLC, said she was glad this move would come into force from the coming academic year. “Students should be admitted to colleges based on their marks. Having a single cut-off marks list will promote equality,” she said.

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