Author Charles Dickens was on to something when he said all those decades ago, “I never let my schooling interfere with my education.” Aspiring Delhi University students, their parents, assorted relatives and friends – who almost keeled over this morning after looking at the first cut-off list of Delhi University – should take heart from that.
The DU cut-off percentages may be giving a stiff competition to India’s inflation index but, look at it this way, Delhi University is giving you – or not giving you, depending on your marks – education and degree all rolled into one. Education because it is telling you that life in this world is tough – get-90% -and-still-not-get-the-college-of-your- choice tough.
It also teaches you humility. Suddenly, a 85%-95% bracket student understands what their brethren with 70% feels like. As this tweet by @FruitBasketInc says, “Delhi University: the only place that can make you feel bad about getting a 90+ board exam score.”
The great leveller, eh? As DU came out with the cut-off list, it became a top trend on Twitter and the number of tweets surged. The cut-off offered them enough fodder too.
The computer science in College of Vocational Studies and Indraprastha College for Women, the cut-off has touched 100% cut-off. Many other colleges showed consideration and kept an achievable 99%-level mark.
@SukhSandhu has a valid question to ask, “As Delhi University has 100% cutoff, why it is not in the list of top 100 universities in the world?”
Meanwhile, @pankajpk45 has some suggestions regarding the naming of these courses which come at a steep percentage, “Delhi University has 100% cut-off! Their courses are- BA Mega Hons BSc Extra Hons BCom Impossible Hons.”
In fact, even Dettol’s 99.9% cleanliness record was brought up by Twitterati. @nawab_lucknow wrote, “Dettol bhi bechara admission nahi le paayea Delhi University me.. Bcoz he has scored only 99.99% in Test.”
A top trend on Twitter, it made people offer some helpful suggestions also. Like this one, @ranjaninrajan wrote, “Headline: Delhi University admissions - first cut-off list touches 100 per cent mark BRB. Calling IIN to get an admission.”
On a more serious note, the best advice of the day came from a stand-up comic. AIB’s Abish Mathew wrote, “Its disheartening that the cut offs for admission in Delhi University is so high. You can always forget about all this & do what you want to.”
There can’t be saner words on a day cut-offs, yet again, went insane.