New Delhi, July 02: The first cut-off list of Delhi University for its undergraduate courses touching the 100% mark has evoked mixed response from students and academicians.
In reaction to the sky-high cut-offs, author Chetan Bhagat tweeted this morning saying, "A 100% cut-off doesn't tell you the college is good. It tells you something is really, really wrong with our education system."
Defending the cent percent cut-off, Sriram College of Commerce Principal P C Jain said "we are moving in the right direction but we are not appreciating it. Their is a wave of zero tolerance for defects across the world in all sectors, so we need to train our students to be 100 per cent perfect. Our students are performing well but we are viewing this spirit of competition in negative light. "
"The world appreciates merit but why should we appreciate nepotism? Rather than seeing high cut-offs negatively, we should see them as benchmarks of healthy competition which is paving its way towards excellence," he added.
Pratibha Jolly, Principal, Miranda House said "We have set a calibrated cut-off based on our past experiences and we have already filled one-fifth of our seats today. Despite high cut offs, the seats do get filled but students don't really have a choice."
S K Gupta, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College Principal and President of DU's Principals' Association, described the cut- offs as 'exaggerated'. "I believe the colleges are trying to play safe with these exaggerated cut-offs. No doubt, the competition is high but the cut-offs are expected to come down in further lists," he said.
The admission season at Delhi University finally took off after week-long uncertainty due to the row over the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) with students queueing up at various colleges in large numbers.
DU announced its first high cut-off list for admission to undergraduate courses under three-year format with three rank outsider colleges setting the maximum bar of 100% for B.Sc (Honours) Computer Science course.
Acharya Narendra Dev, Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma and Shyama Prasad Mukherjee College have posed a stiff competition with its 100% cut-off for the computer science honours course for students who have studied Arts in Class XII.
The 100% cut-off for B.Tech (Computer Science) at Ram Lal Anand College last year and for B.Com (Hons) at SRCC in 2011 had sparked a major outcry.
Inputs from PTI