The high DU cutoffs highlight the weak and defective Indian Education system and the Board Markings. Cutoffs for academic session 2020-21 are as high as 100% marks. This high cutoff is not just an academic-administrative problem. Hence, the varsity cannot be solely held responsible for this. The educational system is actually at fault and these high cutoffs are a subset to it. The high cutoffs depict the lack of democratization of resources. Boards go all out and award very high marks to the students.
What are the high cutoffs?
Delhi University(DU) released its first cutoff list on 10th October 2020 in the evening. Aspiring students were baffled to see the cutoffs go as high as 100% for some top colleges and courses. Lady Shri Ram College for Women (LSR) released this 100% eligibility criteria for the Undergraduate courses of Political Science, Economics, and Psychology. However, around 30 courses in the varsity have a cutoff of 99.05 and above.
The role played by various Boards:
CBSE gave remarkably high results to the students in the 12th Board Examination. Hence, 1,57,934 students got marks above 90 percent and 38,686 students got marks above 95 percent. Also, around 5000 students applying to DU have procured 100 percent marks in the board examinations. Hence, such high cutoffs are unavoidable. ICSE, State, and several other boards have given the students marks based on the average CBSE marks. Hence, these boards were under pressure to provide a fair chance to their students, so that, they could attain seats in colleges.
The role played by the Indian education system:
However, cutoffs highly depend on the number of applications and the availability of seats. The academic year 2020-21 witnesses a huge influx in the number of applications. About 3.5 lakh students did apply to DU colleges. However, the seat matrix stands low. Hence, only 75,000 seats could be offered. Indian Education system does not pay attention to providing an ample amount of seats to the colleges. Additionally, 4000 seats were to be added for EWS quota admissions, but funds were not delivered to the colleges for making arrangements. Hence, the ministry of education is at fault here as it is failing to accommodate new students.
Colleges are setting such high cutoffs to prevent over admissions as they lack seating facilities. Hence, UCG and the ministry of education need to look up into this matter and help the students of India.
Aspiring students are tempted to seek admission in DU for several reasons. Great job opportunities, infrastructure, better education, and extra curriculum are some of these factors. Hence, the ministry of education should work on making more such public educational institutions that have all such facilities. Boosting the education sector is the need of the hour as well-educated children will eliminate illiteracy and develop the country. Hence, the state and center should work to improve the education sector with good teachers and even better infrastructure.