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Admission Helpline:- UG admissions: Scores not sole criterion in other countries

At a time when reforms are being introduced to de-stress the education system, high cutoffs at Delhi University are being seen as a setback to modernizing higher education in India.

A preview of undergraduate admissions in other countries shows that marks of 'one single examination' cannot be the sole criterion to admit students in colleges. The focus of western countries is on a 'full and rounded view of all applicants'.

Peter J Quagliaroli of Groton School, Massachusetts, said, "Admission to selective colleges and universities in the United States is based on the confluence of a host of critical factors." Students are evaluated on their numerical profile - a holistic review of their cumulative grade point average (GPA), their SAT or ACT score, their scores on various Subject Tests (SAT II) and Advanced Placement exams. Also, the student's application itself, which sometimes includes an interview, holds weightage in nearly all admissions decisions in the US.

"Students who put together an authentic application that includes thoughtful and revealing essays are certainly at an advantage," added Quagliaroli. Besides, counsellor and teacher recommendations from high school carry weight in the decision-making process. So do athletics and extra-curricular activities.

However, in the UK, there is no standard or average entry requirement that covers all universities. It varies from one university to another and depends on the type of course. Often there is a link between high demand for a course and higher entry requirements. Students apply via UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) which is a centralized application system, which allows them to apply to five institutions. The application form includes predicted grades, relevant subjects, statement of purpose and a reference letter from a professor/teacher in school/college.

"On the basis of these an offer is made to a student. The offers are conditional on meeting adequate grades in examinations. Most students in the UK follow the A level and IB pattern of education," said Kaushik Mitra, education adviser in India, University of Sussex.

While Gareth Morgan from Universities UK (the representative organisation for UK's universities), added that the UCAS Tariff is a system which allows students to use a range of different qualifications to help secure a place in an undergraduate course.

Admission Helpline:- What They Said: Delhi University Admission Blues

India Real Time presents a round-up of commentary and analysis of one of the week’s key news events – the Delhi University’s announcement of cut-off lists – with places at Shri Ram College of Commerce only available to students scoring 100% in exams.

Education Minister Kapil Sibal slammed the move as “irrational” and “exclusionary,” but Delhi University’s colleges have defended it as the best way to deal with the problem of over-admission.

Here’s what some columnists in India had to say:

Ranabir Majumdar, writing on Web site ibnlive.com, said: “The Delhi University admission race seems like a scramble to land yourself with a share allotment in an Initial Public Offering.”

“In a country where course curricula and evaluation standards vary from one education board to another, Delhi University is following a process that looks at only the marks as the sole criterion, irrespective of the board the student comes from. This is bound to create more tension between Delhi University aspirants and has the potential to snowball into a much larger issue,” he said.

In an editorial titled, “College admission: It’s getting absurd”, The Asian Age newspaper said “if the pond is brimming over at Delhi University, other universities in the country too would be catching the disease sooner or later for the rising overflow is bound to hit them.”

“The question is: Where will all the toppers go? To America obviously, in droves, and also to fairly ordinary institutions in Britain, Europe, Australia or Singapore, to name a few popular destinations. As a result of the outflow, the cost of education at foreign universities for Indians could shoot up, not to mention sociological downsides related to race attacks against Indians,” the editorial added.

Referring to the “stratospheric cut-off criteria” in courses and colleges, the India Today magazine Friday said on its Web site that hundreds of students rushed to get a hold of their allotted seats wherever they could, lest they lose out on a seat altogether.

“The uncertainty among aspirants is rooted in the absurdity of the cut-offs declared by colleges. Aspiration was pitted against opportunity. The former lost,” it said.

The Times of India newspaper, carried the editorial “Learn the lesson”, which said: “This indicates a deeper malaise plaguing our higher education system.”

“Both [government and academic community] must realize that the education pie needs to be enlarged by bringing in more private players in the field. There’s a case for institutional and private philanthropy in higher education as well. Investments, however, will only be forthcoming if the sector is freed up, giving greater independence to institutions. Policy reform, based on this shift in perspective, is imperative to give higher education the boost it so badly needs.”

Admission Helpline:- What They Said: Delhi University Admission Blues

India Real Time presents a round-up of commentary and analysis of one of the week’s key news events – the Delhi University’s announcement of cut-off lists – with places at Shri Ram College of Commerce only available to students scoring 100% in exams.

Education Minister Kapil Sibal slammed the move as “irrational” and “exclusionary,” but Delhi University’s colleges have defended it as the best way to deal with the problem of over-admission.

Here’s what some columnists in India had to say:

Ranabir Majumdar, writing on Web site ibnlive.com, said: “The Delhi University admission race seems like a scramble to land yourself with a share allotment in an Initial Public Offering.”

“In a country where course curricula and evaluation standards vary from one education board to another, Delhi University is following a process that looks at only the marks as the sole criterion, irrespective of the board the student comes from. This is bound to create more tension between Delhi University aspirants and has the potential to snowball into a much larger issue,” he said.

In an editorial titled, “College admission: It’s getting absurd”, The Asian Age newspaper said “if the pond is brimming over at Delhi University, other universities in the country too would be catching the disease sooner or later for the rising overflow is bound to hit them.”

“The question is: Where will all the toppers go? To America obviously, in droves, and also to fairly ordinary institutions in Britain, Europe, Australia or Singapore, to name a few popular destinations. As a result of the outflow, the cost of education at foreign universities for Indians could shoot up, not to mention sociological downsides related to race attacks against Indians,” the editorial added.

Referring to the “stratospheric cut-off criteria” in courses and colleges, the India Today magazine Friday said on its Web site that hundreds of students rushed to get a hold of their allotted seats wherever they could, lest they lose out on a seat altogether.

“The uncertainty among aspirants is rooted in the absurdity of the cut-offs declared by colleges. Aspiration was pitted against opportunity. The former lost,” it said.

The Times of India newspaper, carried the editorial “Learn the lesson”, which said: “This indicates a deeper malaise plaguing our higher education system.”

“Both [government and academic community] must realize that the education pie needs to be enlarged by bringing in more private players in the field. There’s a case for institutional and private philanthropy in higher education as well. Investments, however, will only be forthcoming if the sector is freed up, giving greater independence to institutions. Policy reform, based on this shift in perspective, is imperative to give higher education the boost it so badly needs.”

Admission Helpline:- ATKT to help students with backlog of 2 subjects

Students who appeared for the SSC examination but have failed in a maximum of two subjects will still be eligible for admission in standard XI. They can avail of the allowed to keep term (ATKT) rule.

The Maharashtra State Board for Secondary and Higher Secondary Education had introduced the rule in 2009. The board's chairperson Ujjwaladevi Patil said even if students have failed in a maximum of two subjects, they can apply for admission to standard XI.

The ATKT rule was introduced for SSC students so that they do not lose the academic year. A total of 97,981 students have failed in one subject, while 77,615 students have failed in two subjects.

Students seeking revaluation of their results must submit the original mark sheets to their respective divisions in the stipulated format along with the fees, the board's officials said.

Meanwhile, according to statistics related to the success rate, a total of 127 schools have showed zero results. On the other hand, 2,157 schools have registered a 100% result, where all the students who appeared for the exam, passed. Students from 19,887 schools in the state appeared for the examination.

Students can collect their mark sheets on June 27 from their respective schools after 3 pm. Patil said eight to ten days were required from the date of announcement of the online results, for printing and lamination of the mark sheets. They have other tamper-proof features like holograms.

The announcement of results online had reduced the stress that students undergo, Patil said. Knowing the results early helps as students and their parents can plan their education, she said.

As for students in remote areas, the state government had issued directives to block development officers, tehsildars, gram sevaks and other officials at the taluka level to provide necessary internet facilities.

Admission Helpline:- ATKT to help students with backlog of 2 subjects

Students who appeared for the SSC examination but have failed in a maximum of two subjects will still be eligible for admission in standard XI. They can avail of the allowed to keep term (ATKT) rule.

The Maharashtra State Board for Secondary and Higher Secondary Education had introduced the rule in 2009. The board's chairperson Ujjwaladevi Patil said even if students have failed in a maximum of two subjects, they can apply for admission to standard XI.

The ATKT rule was introduced for SSC students so that they do not lose the academic year. A total of 97,981 students have failed in one subject, while 77,615 students have failed in two subjects.

Students seeking revaluation of their results must submit the original mark sheets to their respective divisions in the stipulated format along with the fees, the board's officials said.

Meanwhile, according to statistics related to the success rate, a total of 127 schools have showed zero results. On the other hand, 2,157 schools have registered a 100% result, where all the students who appeared for the exam, passed. Students from 19,887 schools in the state appeared for the examination.

Students can collect their mark sheets on June 27 from their respective schools after 3 pm. Patil said eight to ten days were required from the date of announcement of the online results, for printing and lamination of the mark sheets. They have other tamper-proof features like holograms.

The announcement of results online had reduced the stress that students undergo, Patil said. Knowing the results early helps as students and their parents can plan their education, she said.

As for students in remote areas, the state government had issued directives to block development officers, tehsildars, gram sevaks and other officials at the taluka level to provide necessary internet facilities.

Admission Helpline:- 'Girl commits suicide for scoring 85 per cent'

It is 100 per cent trauma. The suicide of a young girl in the city, who scored 85 per cent is a sad example. The girl took the extreme step as she could not get into a college of her choice. The young generation is finding it extremely tough to cope with the pressure of expectations.

 

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Admission Helpline:- Family pitches in with support

Getting admission in Delhi University is not a child's play. To ensure that their child secures a seat, anxious parents and even families in some cases, tag along with aspirants. The reason is not only to ensure their safety but also to support their child through the fear of making it to one of India's premium universities. Sky-high cutoffs demand the moral support and presence of loved ones all the more.

Shipra Chaudhary and her father, A K Chaudhary, headed to Lady Shri Ram College straight from the railway station. While Shipra made her way in and out of rooms seeking admission in political science, her father took care of the bags and made sure his daughter ate well.

"I am a government employee. I took leave just to assist her with the admissions. I really want her to get through a good college," said Shipra's father. He said that he plans a revisit to the city the day colleges open their doors to the newly admitted students.

Shipra was not the only one who was accompanied by her guardian. Many, local students also came along with their parents.

"I came with my daughter just to ensure she is safe. Despite police presence I prefer keeping my child's security in my hands," said Sushila Saroha, who accompanied her daughter to Venkateswara College.

Amidst the competitive atmosphere of sky-high cutoffs, aspirants found abundant support from their siblings too. Shubha Sharma, seeking admission in Gargi College, had come with her mother and two sisters.

"We are here to help her out with the admission procedure. With such hiked cutoffs there is so much pressure on the child. It is not good for their morale as they have worked so hard for their board exams," said Lalita Sharma.

"Students are not confident regarding the admissions. Those with 60% or 70% have no place in Delhi University," said a disappointed Ritu Keshkar, mother of Himanshu Keshkar who accompanied her ward to Maharaja Agrasen College.

Many parents also went lengths to help their child get admission. Rubia Khanem had come with her father and grandfather. After realizing that they were missing a document required for her admission at Gargi College, Rubia's father went back home to fetch it. Some parents also insisted their daughters get through girls colleges. Tajwar Shafi, guardian of Afreen Qureshi, was particular that her daughter got through the Janaki Devi Memorial College.

Admission Helpline:- E-help centres turn away students

The online process for admission to junior colleges is well into its third year, but students are still unhappy with the support system offered by guidance centres set up the state education department.

According to frantic parents and students, officials manning these centres are simply directing them back to their respective schools, saying that their job is to help only students from outside the city.

This year, the education department has set up an additional seven guidance centres in Mumbai, bringing the total to 47. But students claim there is little improvement in the system and that they are being made to run from pillar to post to get their queries answered.

"I was under the impression that guidance centres are open to everyone applying to junior college. Officials at these centres, however, are claiming that only those students who do not live in Mumbai can ask for help. They told me that city students should contact their schools," said an angry parent.

A senior official from the office of deputy director of education brushed aside students' concerns. He said, "Every school teacher and technician has been trained to help students for the online admission process. Why should they bother with guidance centres?"

Admission Helpline:- Could Delhi University’s perfect 100 pct demand drive students abroad?

Students across India did a double take this week when one of India’s most sought after commerce colleges declared that 100 percent marks in school-leaving examinations would be the eligibility criteria for admission to a bachelor’s degree course.

Delhi University, which attracts several thousand aspirants from all over the country annually, on Wednesday published its first list of admission criteria that had spiralling percentages in the late nineties and even a perfect 100 marks out of 100.

Terming the perfect score demands “unfortunate” and “irrational”, the human resources and development (HRD) minister Kapil Sibal told CNN-IBN that the education system needs reformation.

“Is a student with 97 or 98 percent incapable of studying Commerce compared to a student with 100 percent? Only one student in this entire list has 100 percent marks in the Science stream and he may never take Commerce,” he said.

In an attempt to reassure students, Professor Dinesh Singh, vice-chancellor of Delhi University, replied: “Cut-offs will fall in the four more lists which are still to come. The high cut-offs are owing to the excellent performance of students in the school-leaving examinations. Colleges are being a little cautious in the first list to avoid being over-flooded by students.”

The university has placed itself in an ignominious position, and its stance was met with outrage from shocked applicants and students on social media sites such as Twitter.

Many feel that this helpless situation will pave the way for a further brain drain of Indian students. Offering more opportunities like dual degree programmes, foreign universities may soon see an influx of Indian students, a phenomenon that witnesses foreign exchange outflows of almost $10 billion annually.

Parul Kala, an aspiring University applicant from east Delhi, has already started looking at colleges in Australia. “Delhi University was my first choice, but looking at the high eligibility criteria I think I’ll have to go with plan B, that is applying to colleges in Australia.”

In an attempt to curtail any further bemusement in the future, the HRD ministry is contemplating replacing the cut-off regime with an aptitude test.

“We could have a national-level examination to test different parameters, with scores that can be accepted by all universities,” vice-chancellor Singh said.

With corrective measures in the education system in India, a country that on one hand produces renowned scholars and on the other records one of the highest illiteracy rates in the world, perhaps it will be able to cater to its own students’ educational requirements as well as to foreign candidates without worrying about “over-flooding”

Admission Helpline:- Could Delhi University’s perfect 100 pct demand drive students abroad?

Students across India did a double take this week when one of India’s most sought after commerce colleges declared that 100 percent marks in school-leaving examinations would be the eligibility criteria for admission to a bachelor’s degree course.

Delhi University, which attracts several thousand aspirants from all over the country annually, on Wednesday published its first list of admission criteria that had spiralling percentages in the late nineties and even a perfect 100 marks out of 100.

Terming the perfect score demands “unfortunate” and “irrational”, the human resources and development (HRD) minister Kapil Sibal told CNN-IBN that the education system needs reformation.

“Is a student with 97 or 98 percent incapable of studying Commerce compared to a student with 100 percent? Only one student in this entire list has 100 percent marks in the Science stream and he may never take Commerce,” he said.

In an attempt to reassure students, Professor Dinesh Singh, vice-chancellor of Delhi University, replied: “Cut-offs will fall in the four more lists which are still to come. The high cut-offs are owing to the excellent performance of students in the school-leaving examinations. Colleges are being a little cautious in the first list to avoid being over-flooded by students.”

The university has placed itself in an ignominious position, and its stance was met with outrage from shocked applicants and students on social media sites such as Twitter.

Many feel that this helpless situation will pave the way for a further brain drain of Indian students. Offering more opportunities like dual degree programmes, foreign universities may soon see an influx of Indian students, a phenomenon that witnesses foreign exchange outflows of almost $10 billion annually.

Parul Kala, an aspiring University applicant from east Delhi, has already started looking at colleges in Australia. “Delhi University was my first choice, but looking at the high eligibility criteria I think I’ll have to go with plan B, that is applying to colleges in Australia.”

In an attempt to curtail any further bemusement in the future, the HRD ministry is contemplating replacing the cut-off regime with an aptitude test.

“We could have a national-level examination to test different parameters, with scores that can be accepted by all universities,” vice-chancellor Singh said.

With corrective measures in the education system in India, a country that on one hand produces renowned scholars and on the other records one of the highest illiteracy rates in the world, perhaps it will be able to cater to its own students’ educational requirements as well as to foreign candidates without worrying about “over-flooding”