Plea in Delhi High Court against DU cut-off system for state board students

The season of admissions is going on and students from various boards gear up to secure a place in the top colleges under DU due to which chaos sets in. The responses from Delhi University and Kerala government on a plea claim that each college in the capital had their own criteria for calculating cut-off marks of students from other states. Delhi High Court Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw issued notice to the Delhi University, Kerala government as well as the Hindu and Hansraj colleges, to seek out their replies on a plea by a fellow student from the southern state who has demanded a uniform system of admission to be followed.

plea against du cut off system for state board students
Students checking cut-offs for admissions in DU

The matter has been listed by the court for hearing on July 6 by the court. A student has contended in his plea that different colleges have calculated his marks differently. For instance St. Stephens calculated the marks as 99.6 per cent while Hansraj and Hindu colleges arrived at a completely different percentage of 92.23 and 93.33 respectively. Earlier student bodies demanded relaxation in the cut-offs.

The student claimed that this was a common problem faced by many students who had studied under the Kerala state board. The reason for all this confusion can be traced back to a DU circular, which stated that all discipline subjects must have 70 percent component as theory, which also instructs to include a continuous evaluation or internal assessment.

Where the CBSE board sets a 70:30 ratio for theory and practical exams, the Kerala State Education Board makes the assessment of students bit more detailed. As per the petition, it keeps 20 percent for internal assessment of the students, 20 percent is allotted to practical and the rest 60 percent for theory. This unusual distribution of marks turned out to be a bane for Kerala State Education Board students. Even if one scores 100 percent marks, due to this system of the state board, she/he will be evaluated by DU only based on the marks scored in the theoretical part. This completely excludes the marks obtained in practical exams, even though practical exams are very important in mainstream science subjects except mathematics.

The petition instructed DU and the colleges under it to take 80 percent of the total marks in theory including practical into account for Kerala State Board students. It further instructed the Kerala Government to issue needed clarifications to DU regarding the exam pattern and the marks allotment in interest of the students.

Further serious allegations like treating students based on regional bias by the authorities in charge of students’ admissions were also received from students willing to seek admission in Delhi University.

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