Published On: Fri, Jul 29th, 2011

High cut-off is due to demand-supply mismatch: Kapil Sibal

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“If the demand is much greater than supply, then the cut-off will go high automatically. It’s an institutional issue,” said HRD Minister, Kapil Sibal. He was speaking on the much debated issue of 100 per cent cut-off marks for admissions in certain streams in Delhi University.

“If there is one Sri Ram College of Commerce and everybody wants admission there, what solution can I have?” he asked.

The minister has termed the high cut-off as “irrational” and expressed that the solution to the problem lies in expanding the educational infrastructure across the country.

“Government cannot set up all the education institutions, universities and colleges. So, the private sector must play an important role in the years to come and we want expansion of private sector in education sector,” he added.

The cut-off debate was triggered when Sri Ram College of Commerce, one of Delhi University’s famous colleges, announced 100% cut-off for admission in commerce undergraduate programme. Stating that fixing the cut-off at 100 per cent for non-Commerce students is also a reflection of the prevailing education system based on discipline, Mr. Sibal stressed on reforming the system.

Mr. Sibal said: “We must change this concept of a commerce steam, an arts and a science stream, because it suggests a science student should only do science and not history.”

“When mind has no boundaries, why knowledge should have boundaries? Once we get rid of these boundaries and expand the education sector, some of these problems will be gone,” he said.

On the steps taken to fill OBC seats, the Minister said “We have given a directive that none of the seats will go the general category. The Ministry will ensure that 27 per cent OBC quota is filled up.”

Elaborating on the issue, he said the Supreme Court order did not lay any rigid limit for relaxation of percentage for OBC category.

“If you get 100 per cent and for OBC category it becomes 90 per cent, the guy with 89 per cent cannot get in. That would be a very unfair interpretation of the Supreme Court judgement because the Supreme Court did not imagine this kind of scenario,” he said.

[Source: The Hindu]