Students who once dreamed of scoring good in the 12th examinations were satisfied when the results were announced. They aspired to get into Delhi University. But this year thousands of dreams were crushed when high DU cut-offs were announced.
It all started when Lady Shri Ram announced its first cut-off at 100 % for some subjects. Some colleges didn’t even release a second cut-off after that. Because of the increase in competition and as the number of 100 % holders has increased, colleges can’t be blamed for high cut-offs. This year the competition as surged and top colleges are closing the admission at 100 % cut-off.
The question arises that how will the mediocre be defined in such cut-throat competition. This year around 3.5 lakh students applied for admission on only 70 thousand seats. One can guess the number of seats competing per seat is huge.
However, it is to be noted more and more students from India and abroad are applying for admission to Delhi University cut-off. It seems that the cut-offs have a direct relationship with the interest of students. More students aspire to get into university as the DU cut-offs surge. This leaves many students empty-handed.
No university can enroll every applicant at the university. But DU has more than 80 colleges affiliated with it, so it must increase the scope of seats or colleges under it. This is because the DU authorities blame the number of colleges for high cut-offs and low admission.
Some facts should be considered as the IP University has 130 colleges under it. Every year this university admits 2 lakh students.
Every year thousands of students come to Delhi with the dream to study at Delhi University. But the competition and storming cut-offs leave them baffled. Earlier the first cut-off used to start a maximum of 99 % but this year saw a 100 % DU cut-off. It is astonishing that despite these high DU cut-offs, courses like history, commerce, English political science are filled to the utmost capacity and some colleges have even closed the admission doors.
The number of applications is increasing every year. This demands an increase in colleges too. On the other hand, last year, DU introduced four thousand seats for economically weaker students. But it’s not satisfactory.
It is a struggle to get a seat in the university as a large number of students are not admitted. Non-collegiate women education board is made for the girls residing in Delhi. It is different from regular college. Currently, 15 thousand students are studying in it. Lack of seats in regular college has made students get enrolled in the School of Open Learning. This at least gives them a degree from Delhi University. SOL has around 2 lakh students studying in it.
Delhi University hasn’t opened any new college in the past 30 years. The last few colleges established were Keshav Mahavidyalaya, Aditi Mahavidyalaya, and Bhagini Nivedita. But the number of students was having increased at an enormous speed.
There is a need to amend the laws. The DU Act Section 2 of Article 5 comes in between the establishment of new colleges. This is a British Era law. The Delhi government wants to open new colleges but the act says that without the permission of the Central government no college can be opened. There is ample space in areas like Saket, Alipur, and Bawana to structure the colleges.
The time demands a change in the law. In Delhi alone, 2.5 lakh students pass 12th standard but only 1.25 lakh students get into the colleges in Delhi.
Currently, 28 colleges are fully funded by Delhi University. To reform both the Delhi government and the Central government need to work together.