Delhi University’s St. Stephen’s College released the first cut-off list at 99% for admission to Bachelors of English (Honours) and once again, this has created a furore among DU aspirants. As the pressure on aspiring students mounts, celebs say that it is important to not lose hope and focus on the bigger goals of life.
Actor and standup comedian, Vir Das, says, “I hope we don’t get to a point where cut-offs surpass the normal body temperature. Colleges should not just make it about the marksheet, but also include other criteria such as extra-curricular activities as well while taking students.” For TV host Manish Paul, attitude matters more than marks. “Honestly, it’s not only about marks. It’s about your education and how you decide to take things forward that matters,” he says.
TV personality Raghu Ram, who himself is a college dropout, feels that marks don’t matter at all. “Dropping out was the best thing for me because I found myself. The days are gone when marks decided your career,” he says. Always vouching for students who have scored fewer marks, Ram says he likes to call them unicorns. “I am looking at kids who have passed with the bare minimum requirement to create the next Apple,” he adds.
Reiterating the fact that marks don’t matter in deciding the direction of your life, director Kunal Kohli, had told us earlier, “I was never academically inclined. I got only 42% because I was more into dramatics.”
Actor Gulshan Grover adds, “To students who are looking for admission now, I would like to tell them to not lose hope even if they don’t make it to a college of their choice. Just be good at your craft and your future is in your hands.”
The war just does not end at the cut-offs and getting into a good college. Many students are stuck in a tussle between college and course. Paul, says, “Whatever you are doing, if you are doing it 200 percent, then the college doesn’t matter. But if you are in the top college and not doing well in the subject, then the college’s name alone won’t help.” Das adds, “Course is more important than the college. Students should stick with the subject they want to study and do well in that.”
With this, we wish all the best to students.