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The cut-off buzz

india Updated: Jun 22, 2011 10:08 IST

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Diksha Jain
Springdales School, Pusa Road

The cut-off buzz seemed to be more sensational than the Lokpal Bill controversy, with Kapil Sibal lashing at college principals for setting exceptionally high cut-offs. Ironically though, the top colleges, like SRCC and Hindu, have been filled their seats in spite of the highest cut-offs. On the other hand, Lady Sri Ram, a very sought-after college, has most of its seats for BCom (hons) and economics (hons) unfilled after the first cut-off.

The change in the admission process was brought about to save us from making indefinite rounds of the university. But the new procedure has had pretty much the same effect the old one.

Now, once the cut-offs are out, everybody blocks their seat in whichever college they can get in. But as the next cut-off comes out, they withdraw their candidature from the previous college and apply in the next, which they might find better.

This system still needs a change. I feel that this system can be replaced by an open counselling system, in which an electronic display board should show available seats for all courses in all colleges and students with higher percentage should be given preference. The display board could show the seats left in a course in a particular college. This would prevent students from running from one college to the other - this would be a more transparent system, as well.

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