In what could be termed only as the fall out of the 'irrational' cut-offs in colleges this year, DU administration could intervene and help colleges set realistic cut-offs from the coming year.
Indicating that a change can be expected, DU Vice-Chancellor Dinesh Singh said that statutes that prevent the university from interfering in setting cut-offs may be altered. But college have not taken this reaction seriously.
“There are more than 60 colleges in the university which declare cut-offs. The university will not be able to intervene in the functioning of each one of these. If something wrong has happened it should be corrected but this is no solution. This is just a knee-jerk reaction,” said VK Kwatra, principal, Hansraj College.
“The 100% benchmark was set only by two colleges for two courses and that too for a small section of students. This is not a trend in any way. The subsequent cut-offs will show this,” Kwatra added.
Under the current university and college rules, colleges have a free hand in declaring cut-offs. This time the cut-offs have been unrealistic, especially in North Campus colleges.
College administrations maintain that they have been cautious in declaring cut-offs as they don’t have the data about the number of students seeking admission in colleges this time.
Also, the fear of having to give admission to more students than the sanctioned number of seats is plaguing most colleges.
“If the university want to intervene, they are most welcome. Since we did not have any kind of data, we declared high cut-offs so that a sea of students doesn’t descend on the college tomorrow. If the university thinks it can do a better job, they are welcome to do it,” said Bhim Sen Singh, principal, Kirori Mal College.
The vice-chancellor, meanwhile, said that he would advise all colleges to relook their cut-offs this year. “This is not the best of situations. No student should be demoralised. We will advise colleges to be more sensitive," said Singh.