For thousands of students each year, high percentages don't translate into admission in a college of their choice. The vocational subjects these students choose in classes 11 and 12 make it almost impossible for them to get admission in Delhi University (DU).
Even as the Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) is peddling vocational courses as a 'paradigm shift' in education in the country, students continue to suffer as DU only allows students to factor in one recognised vocational subject for the best of four percentage. And this subject should be related to the students' chosen field of study.
Some of the courses that are not recognised by the university are engineering drawing, IT application, X-Ray technician and tourism and travel.
"CBSE introduced these courses without understanding the educational milieu at the university level. In a place like DU, where 90% of the courses are core academic in nature, it is difficult to admit a student who has studied X-Ray technician, fashion design and clothing construction as their main subjects. What discipline will these students be fit for?" said a senior DU official.
The university requires students to include at least one language and two academic subjects in their best of four percentage. A vocational course may be added keeping in mind the nature of the course.
The university though does recognise some vocational courses such as financial market management, healthcare sciences and geospatial technology but admission depends on how closely these subjects are related to the course of study.
"The problem is that students are forced to take these subjects so that they score good marks and the school's pass percentage rises. But vocational colleges required to support these students are missing. Industrial Training Institutes are not enough," the official added.
The vocational courses were started with much fanfare by the CBSE in 2007, numbering 34. According to university officials, most students that come to them with this problem are from government schools.