The premier colleges of Delhi University have hit the hornet’s nest by announcing first cut-off as high as 100 percent for those who passing out class XII wish to step into higher education. The steepest high cut-off, a call for no admission or rejection for a talent pool having scored below 100 percent, cannot be said an excellent work, rather proves to be dismal to parents and it has steamrolled the hopes of thousands of students who strived hard to make entry to their dream university. However, Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal and Delhi University Vice-Chairman Dinesh Singh have expressed their displeasure over the cut-off, but mere pinning blames on colleges of Delhi University will not solve the problem, as there is a need of calibrated deliberation on the matter. It should not be ignored that number of class-XII students scoring good marks is gradually going high. The astronomical high cut-off palpably exemplifies the skewed ratio of supply-demand. It is reported that DU colleges have 54,000 seats, and the number of students willing to take admission is estimated more than 1.25 lakh. Considering the gravity of the situation, the colleges have compulsion to peg the cut-off at the towering height for they cannot accommodate all the applicants.

Undoubtedly, fixing 100 percent cut-off is odd and impractical, whereas the reality has sprung up detailing out a huge mismatch between large number of applicants and available seats. It also exposes unequilibrium in the education system of the country which commands respect on world arena with its immense talent pool. This problem requires serious debate and honest approach. There should be no qualm in accepting the fact that we have glaring dearth of institutes for providing quality education. There are some states which do not have a single varsity of any national importance or at par with Delhi University. Consequently, a huge number of students come to Delhi aspiring quality education. Kapil Sibal has, however, launched a tirade over the cut-off, but he should take a serious cognizance of the matter. There is a misgiving that the Ministry of Human Resource Development and state governments are earnest towards enhancing infrastructure and providing quality education to students. Truly speaking the private sectors have chipped in higher education and they will open a new vista for better education, but it will be preposterous, if the Centre or state governments are thinking that participation of private sectors will be a panacea for all educational malaise.