If not getting admission in a Delhi University (DU) college doesn’t sting enough, there’s something that makes students and parents sulk even more — the hefty fee of private institutions. We speak to a few Delhiites who had to resort to private universities, thanks to the high cut-offs that DU is now infamous for.
Businessman Kamal Aggarwal, a father of three, wanted his daughter to pursue English Hons at Delhi University. Now, when he sees the fee structure of the private varsity, he bemoans the high cut-offs in DU. “She scored 92% in her Class 12th board exams, but the cut-offs of all good colleges were much higher. Ab humein Rs 12 lakh dene padh rahe hain. Socha tha usko post graduation ke liye abroad bhejunga, par ab toh mushkil lag raha hai,” says Aggarwal.
Sakshi Goyal, a fashion and lifestyle business management student, says, “I couldn’t get admission in BA English (Hons) in DU because I hadn’t scored enough. At the private university that I’m in now, the fee was around Rs 10 lakh, and with taxes it totalled up to Rs 12 lakh. DU mein admission mil gaya hota toh itne paise nahi kharch hote padhaai mein.”
Ritu Arora, a homemaker, has a similar story to tell. “My son had his heart set on studying economics from DU. But the varsity has unreal expectations from students. Not everyone can score 96% or above. Woh bachche kya karenge jinke kam marks aaye?” she rues.
However, not all students and parents have given up hope. Archana Kashyap, a housewife, shares: “We were really hoping that our daughter would get admission in DU. Though our dreams were dashed when the cut-offs were declared, we’re still hopeful, as colleges are declaring their own merit lists and we’re constantly praying to God that somehow she makes it. She has taken admission in a private university for now, but we’re ready to withdraw that if she makes it to DU.”