EDUCATION / GOVERNANCE
Topic: General Studies 2:
- Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Education, Human Resources
- Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation
DU’s Cut-off reflects a broken system
Context: Delhi University (DU)’s first cut-off list for admission to its undergraduate programmes was announced on October 10, and it touched the 100% ceiling for the first time since 2011.
Cut-offs are decided by calculating the best of four subjects’ marks in Class 12 board exams
For Example: The Lady Sri Ram (LSR) College of DU has pegged the cut off at 100 % for three undergraduate programmes—Psychology (Hons), Economics (Hons), and Political Science (Hons)
Do You Know?
- As many as 5,500 students out of 3.54 lakh students, who have applied for admission in Delhi University, have scored perfect 100% in their four best subjects.
- This is not the first time when the cut off for admission in Delhi University has gone up to reach 100%. In 2015, the College of Vocational Studies and Indraprastha College had also kept the cut off at 100 % for admission to Computer Science.
What explains the high cut-offs?
- One, there is a higher number of applications vis-a-vis the number of seats.
- Two, the Class 12 evaluation process is distorted, leading to such high marks
- Three, colleges set high cut-offs to prevent “over admissions”.
- Four, there is a paucity of good-quality public universities.
- And finally, students are attracted to Delhi due to its academic and physical infrastructure, extra-curricular activities, and scholarships; the opportunity to interact with a diverse student population; and eventually access better job opportunities
What does the Phenomenon of High Cut-offs indicate?
- The phenomenon of high cut-offs is not just an academic-administrative problem.
- It is a subset of more critical issues that ail the education system, and the lack of democratisation of resources.
- To improve, the Centre and states must invest more in public education;
- Need to boost academic infrastructure across the country;
- Governments have to make the Class 12 evaluation process more holistic;
- Administration has to ensure that all students, irrespective of where they are studying, get a level-playing field when it comes to availing good teachers and infrastructure.
Connecting the dots:
- New Education policy 2020
- Right to Education Act