Every year, the month of June is one of anticipation for Class 12 students in Delhi. This is the time when colleges announce their cut-offs, a term dreaded by the aspirants, their parents - and probably even their house pets. Everyone wants to get into a good college, join a preferred course but then there is the wretched cut-off list that can upset their calculations and dreams. The colleges, however, are clear: there are only a few seats, and those are for the best and brightest. Sadly, the chances of getting into a good college do not depend on how a student fares in her boards - rather it depends on how others - her batchmates - fare in the same exam. So if you are a happy-go-lucky student and think that you have done well by scoring 80% in Class 12, you may just find yourself without an admission ticket after the dust settles. This year too, the cut-offs in Delhi University have been soaring, with science courses registering the biggest jump - up to 15% in the first list.
Tough times call for tough measures, so students will also do anything to get the college/course they want. Last year, a fake marksheet scandal rocked a reputed college of Delhi University. So what is the college doing this year to avoid such an episode? They have got forensic experts! The experts will check and verify documents submitted by the students. The college principal says that they are engaging forensic experts because he is committed to hold "a free and fair admission process". That sounds almost like the Chief Election Commissioner of India speaking before the start of a crucial round of elections in an insurgency-hit area. But, as we said, we live in extraordinary times.
To solve this perennial problem, let's do away with this slow torture (cut-off lists and the admission process); let the colleges announce that only students with 100% will get an automatic entry into the colleges/courses of their choice. For others, there could be a lucky-dip.