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Great Divide reduces: South Campus catches up

The cut-offs in most of the North Campus colleges are either similar to last year’s or have seen a decline by just a few notches, reports Karan Choudhury.

delhi Updated: Jun 26, 2008 00:36 IST
Karan Choudhury

The ‘Great Divide’ between the North and the South is fast filling up. The cut-offs in most of the North Campus colleges are either similar to last year’s or have seen a decline by just a few notches. On the other hand, South Campus is seeing a sure and a steady rise in the cut-offs again.

Popular courses like B Com (Hons), Economics (Hons) which have always attracted the crème de la crème of Delhi University (DU) aspirants to North Campus have seen a minute drop in the cut-off percentage. Last year the cut-off for B Com (Hons) at Shri Ram College of Commerce was 94.75, this year it stands at 94.5 per cent.

In South Campus, Lady Shri Ram College has increased their B Com (Hons) cut off to 95.5 per cent, the highest in DU.

This phenomenon is not only confined to the more popular colleges in South Campus. College of Vocational Studies has also increased their cut offs for their commerce courses. According to the principal of the college, Dr. Inderjeet, the rise in the cut-offs in South Campus colleges is because of the popularity of the courses. “The students are more course-oriented these days. It does not matter much to them if they study inside or outside the campus. The number of applications has also increased. North Campus can only accommodate a set number of students the rest have to find admissions in other colleges.

So this has pushed our cut offs, as we are getting the best of applications,” he said. This year there is a slight decline in the percentage marks obtained by students’ courtesy low scores in English, which has also reduced the cut-offs in North Campus, he added. This has, however, not affected the cut-offs in the South Campus colleges, and applications have increased. This year the cut off at CVS for B.Com (Hons.) is 91 per cent.

The B Com (Hons) cut offs at Shri Venkateswara College has gone up to 94.5 per cent, an increase of .5 per cent. Delhi College of Arts and Commerce has also seen a rise of 1 per cent in their B Com (Hons) cut offs. This year it stands at 91 per cent.

The popularity of South Campus has also increased tenfold because of the sheer accessibility to various colleges, which also appeals to the female students and their parents who do not want to send them to North Campus.

Dr Dinesh Varshney Deputy Dean of Student’s Welfare, South Campus said, “The students have now realised that all the DU colleges are at par. South Campus provides the best of every student facility available. The gaps, which were perceived to be there between South and North Campus, no longer exist.”