The controversial 100% cut-off marks in 2011 for admission in certain streams in Delhi University is due to the demand-supply dynamics and a solution to this lay only in expanding the educational infrastructure, HRD minister Kapil Sibal has said.
"If the demand is much greater than supply, then the cut-off will go high automatically. It's an institutional issue," he said in New Delhi.
"If there is one Sri Ram College of Commerce and everybody wants admission there, what solution can I have?" he asked.
Sibal, who had earlier termed the high cut-off as "irrational", said a solution to the problem lies in expanding the educational infrastructure across the country.
"Government cannot set up all the education institutions, universities and colleges. So, the private sector must play an important role in the years to come and we want expansion of private sector in education sector," he added.
The high cut-off marks, including 100% in Sri Ram College of Commerce, one of Delhi University's famous colleges, for admission in 2011 had triggered a major row last month with a majority of students and parents coming out against such a yardstick.
Stating that fixing the cut-off at 100% for non-Commerce students is also a reflection of the prevailing education system based on discipline, Sibal stressed on reforming the system.
Sibal said, "We must change this concept of a commerce steam, an arts and a science stream, because it suggests a science student should only do science and not history."
"When mind has no boundaries, why knowledge should have boundaries? Once we get rid of these boundaries and expand the education sector, some of these problems will be gone," he said.
Asked what steps the government is taking to fill OBC seats amid reports of a large number of them going vacant and subsequently transfered to general pool, the minister said "we have given a directive that none of the seats will go the general category".
He said the ministry will ensure that 27% OBC quota is filled up.
"We have also said if the marks are less than 10% (the relaxation limit), you go below the 10%."
Elaborating on the issue, he said the Supreme Court order did not lay any rigid limit for relaxation of percentage for OBC category.
"If you get 100% and for OBC category it becomes 90%, the guy with 89% cannot get in. That would be a very unfair interpretation of the Supreme Court judgement because the Supreme Court did not imagine this kind of scenario," he said.