DU admissions: Cutoffs set to rise again at off-campus colleges
Traditionally, only on-campus colleges used to come up with high cutoffs due to the large number of students applying there. But over the past few years even off-campus colleges, located at far ends of the city, have been witnessing a sharp rise in cutoffs.DU admissions 2016 Updated: Jun 27, 2016 22:21 IST
Traditionally, only on-campus colleges used to come up with high cutoffs due to the large number of students applying there. But over the past few years even off-campus colleges, located at far ends of the city, have been witnessing a sharp rise in cutoffs.
For instance, Shivaji College, which is located in Raja Garden, Physics was at 88% in 2013 and 90% in 2014 but jumped to 95% in 2015. At Shayamlal College, which is located in Shahdara, the cutoff for English was 85% and 87% in 2013 and 2014, respectively, but jumped to 94% in 2015.
The increasing demand for off-campus colleges has been attributed to increase in the number of applications being received by the university. College principals say the number of applicants to the university is almost five times higher than the total number of seats.
“There are around 54,000 seats for undergraduate courses in the university but the number of applications for the past three years has been over 2 lakhs. Not all students can be accommodated in the on-campus colleges and hence the cutoffs for off-campus are also seeing a sharp rise,” said a university official.
At Kalindi College, located in Patel Nagar, the cutoff for Commerce was 92% in 2013, 94% in 2014 and in 2015 it was at 95%. Similarly, Physics was at 77%, 90%, and 91% in 2013, 2014 and 2015 respectively.
College principals said that the off-campus colleges are as good as the on-campus ones both in terms of quality of education and other facilities. “Off-campus colleges are no way inferior than on-campus colleges. The infrastructure has improved and the faculty is also good,” said Anula Maurya, principal, Kalindi College.
This year, a total of 2,50,914 applications were received by the university for the 54,000 seats in 63 colleges, as compared to last year’s 2,91,819 applications. In 2014, the university had received 2.75 lakh applications.
“For the last few years, the difference between cutoffs in on-campus and off-campus colleges is not much. Students can see that infrastructure has improved. There are as many facilities for sports and extra-curricular activities in off-campus colleges as there are in on-campus colleges,” said a college principal.
With inputs from Shinjini Ghosh