The soaring cut off of Delhi University, which was announced on Wednesday, reaching a 100 percent mark has disappointed huge number of students, especially students from government schools and regional boards and has left them dismayed.
It was the first day of admission in Delhi University on Thursday, and large number of students and activists from different student asociations protested and burned effigy against the high cutoffs and also against implementation of Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) in north campus as well as in some of the south campus colleges. With a sky-rocketing cut off score, securing a seat in one’s choice of course still remains a distant dream. However, this has been a continuing trend and every year cut-offs are so high that government school students are not able to get into DU.
"Our organization firmly believes that the cut-off is nothing but an expression of the policy of educational apartheid meant to keep the higher education beyond the reach of students from government schools, an overwhelming majority of whom come from socioeconomically deprived backgrounds," said Subhash, Member, Delhi State Committee, Krantikari Yuva Sangathan(KYS). He added, "In Delhi University every year there are far more applications than the number of available seats as a result of which year after year students from the weaker sections of the society are unable to get admission.
Most of the students who are denied admission are from government schools and are first generation learners. Thus denying them admission eliminates their scope for upward mobility." The KYS demands that there should be reservation for government school students in public funded institutes and Universities. Subash added, "There should be immediate increase in number of seats in institutes of higher learning; increase in the amount of budget spent on education; abolition of the dual education system and also hostel facilities for all the students from socio-economically deprived background."
All India Students’ Association (AISA) DU unit president, Aman Nawaz said, "Despite tall promises the central government of BJP and state government of AAP are mockingly silent as no new college has been constructed for decades even though number of young aspirants for quality higher education grow every year. Both the governments must respond and break their silence." Anuradha Jha, another AISA activist, said "Even those who somehow make the cut-off are not lucky enough as the forceful imposition of CBCS has put their future in jeopardy.
Lack of any finalized Syllabus, new books, new teachers raise huge concerns even as the admissions have begun.
Opting for silence by not mentioning about CBCS in DU or college forms or not convening Academic Council (AC) meeting only shows the fraudulence in action." "It is high time that government should undertake its responsibility of ensuring that a large section of students is not denied higher education due to loopholes in the policy. We demand an immediate enactment of a policy that provides marks relaxation/reservation to students of the government schools in the publically funded institutes of higher learning." said Subash, Member, KYS.