Day 1: Students wait and watch as few take admissions despite low cutoffs in Delhi University

The first day of admissions at most Delhi University colleges, under the first cut-off list, was a slow affair with many colleges recording only a handful of admissions.

The process was also plagued with issues of payment, as the portal was not working earlier in the day. Some applicants, despite meeting the required cut-off, could not confirm their seats as they could not get the printout of the college form on time.

One such applicant was Bindu Patnana from Chhattisgarh, who waited the entire morning for her DU college form, but in vain. “I will now have to extend my stay in Delhi for two more days to get admission on Tuesday,” said Bindu, who wishes to pursue BA (Hon) History from Sri Venkateswara College.

According to Venkat Kumar, admission convener from the college, the applications were pending for approval as the online link through which the principal had to grant them were not working. “There were problems in the portal till evening, due to which students had to face problems,” said Kumar.

The college staff said it may be one reason why the number of admissions on the first day was not huge. Principal of a north campus college, who did not wish to be named, said, “The university portal, through which the student is expected to pay the admission fees online, opened a little later in the day, by around 1.45 pm. This also slowed down the admission process a little.”

Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College principal Gyantosh Jha said, “During the day, there were problems with the portal, due to which fee payment was not happening. “

However, a DU offical said that the university opened the portal for fee payment after 4pm and that it was a planned decision. “We had decided to open the portal after 4pm and informed the same to colleges as well,” an official said.

Despite the lowered cut-offs, many colleges saw fewer students visiting on the first day of admissions to secure a seat. Miranda House admitted 86 students on the first day, with 15 of them opting for the BA Programme. BSc (Hon) in Botany had the fewest takers, with just one person getting admitted to the course.

At Shri Ram College of Commerce, around 100 out of the 624 seats were full by the end of the day. At Kirori Mal College, only about 147 admissions were done against the 1,350 seats.

“The number of students seeking admission picks up on the third day of the admission, which is the last day to get admission under the first list. But it looks like we will announce a second cut-off for most courses,” said Dinesh Khattar, acting principal of KMC.

Some DU colleges claimed that this was a normal phenomenon on the first day of admissions. “Students usually indulge in ‘admission tourism’ on the first days, where they go visit multiple campuses and ‘window shop.’ They then start clamouring for seats on the last day,” said the vice principal of a north campus college.

Students and officials were also plagued with concerns over not being able to access the college portal.

The students, who did make it to the colleges, expressed their surprise and joy at the reduced cut-offs at many of the DU colleges.“The cut-offs in many colleges are lower than last year, which is a good thing. It gives many more students opportunities to pursue degrees at DU colleges,” said Shambhavi Ojha, who is hoping for a seat in Political Science (Hon) at Daulat Ram College.

There were many who were also surprised at the dip. “I was expecting it to increase this year. I had read that the number of students in India who had scored more than 95% (in the CBSE Class 12 exams) had increased. I thought this would also increase the cut-offs at DU,” said Shanna Jain, who secured a seat at Kirori Mal College for English (Hon).

 

 

 

CBSE may do away with moderation policy in Class 12: ‘Board exams should reflect true marks of students’

Inflated marks appear set to go from this academic year with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) preparing to remove a clause in its marking system, or moderation policy, which spikes its Class 12 results.

The CBSE examination committee will meet later this week to consider doing away with the clause in the policy that the board adopts before declaring results of the school finals.

“We want to ensure true marks of students are reflected in the board exams and to maintain the pass parity, marks of students are moderated. This is unfair on those who work hard as moderation is not applicable if a student gets 95 marks or above,” a senior board official said.

The governing body meeting on June 29 will further take up the issue.

The clause allows the CBSE to maintain “a near parity of pass percentage of candidates in the current year vis-a-vis preceding years, subject-wise and overall”.

It because of this clause that the board results have shown near-parity in terms of pass percentage: 82% in 2015, 83.05% in 2016 and 82.02% in 2017.

The government is inclined to nix the policy, in view of students scoring 100% marks.

“Generous distribution of marks will stop soon. I will stop such bad practices in the field of education,” said Union human resource development minister Prakash Javadekar in Pune on Saturday evening.

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“Students have to work hard to earn marks. It isn’t possible that everyone scores 100 out of 100 in all subjects. There should be some restrictions while awarding marks.”

Such high scores trigger abnormally high cut-offs — sometimes touching 100% — for subjects such as mathematics and history during admission to sought-after colleges, especially in Delhi University.

Adopted in 1992, the moderation policy allows the country’s biggest school board to give students extra marks. But some state boards used the system to increase marks of their students, spiking the overall pass percentage and, thereby, triggering widespread resentment.

States such as Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra and Bihar don’t have a moderation policy. But others, including Goa, Tamil Nadu and Uttarakhand, use the policy to improve their pass percentage.

The CBSE, which has over 18,000 schools affiliated to it, decided to do away with this marking system this April but the Delhi high court asked it to continue this year.

The board follows three different sets of papers: one for Delhi, another for the rest of India, and the a third for foreign countries. It is planning to have a single paper.

This will reduce the need to carry out moderation by the board, sources said.

The CBSE, under the moderation policy, levels up the mean achievements in the set-wise performance of the candidates, attributable to the difference in the difficulty level of different sets of question papers in the multiple-set scheme.

However, officials said the CBSE’s move will be futile unless all state boards decide to remove the spiking of marks by amending their rules and regulations.

“It will put CBSE students in a disadvantageous position. Complete parity should be maintained amongst all boards, including state boards,” a central board official said.

The contentious issue of revaluation that is pending in the high court is likely to be taken up in the governing body meeting.

“We have a completely democratic set up and there’s no harm in revisiting our decision,” said a CBSE source.

 

College rockstar to sports dude: Ten types of students you’ll meet in Delhi University

Delhi University (DU) is a different world altogether! A complete shift from school life, you can equate your life in DU to that of a sitcom. You get to taste awesome food, find new hangouts, learn the new tricks of being a college-goer, but what really makes it all interesting are the fun characters that you meet (some of whom become BFFs).

From the social media queen who loves to update her followers about every second of her college life to the nerd who lives to score well in exams, we bring you a list of ten types of DU students that you will surely come across on your first day of college.

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GYM FREAK

 

Gym is life for this one. You can recognise him from afar, flexing his muscles in tight T-shirt. His conversations, mostly, would revolve around supplements and how much he lifts. This one mostly rolls with his type only, unless of course, he is mentoring you to get out of your skinny (or fat) form and become one with the gym rats.

DU FASHIONISTA

 

If you see someone strutting their stuff like they’re at a fashion week, you know you’ve spotted the DU fashionista. With their branded ensembles, perfect hair, makeup and expensive perfume, they have a million giveaways. But, be cautious when you approach this one… they already have all the attention they need.

‘STEREOTYPICAL’ HOSTELER

 

This variety is mostly chilled out, and is only active only during certain phases in the academic year. You can spot them in comfortable clothing (mostly in what they slept); they are great at taking power naps and are the ones who have the most pull in college ( all thanks to the bond they form with their hostel seniors). Resourceful and sloth-like, all at the same time.

NERD EXPRESS

 

Always on time, ready with all the answers and mostly the ones to remind the teacher about assignment submissions, the nerd express is an easy spot. They’re always bringing their A-game on when it comes to scoring high. Befriend them early on, and you would surely reap the benefits.

DRAMA QUEEN

 

They love attention, and will go to any length to ensure the spotlight stays on them. Shrill screams, loud laughs and dramatic narration (sometimes fights, too) are their defining features. Ignoring this one is a hard task — you’ll mostly fail, but if you do succeed, they might just create a scene about that.

PARTY ANIMAL

 

Freshers’ party, club hopping and various chill scenes at Hauz Khas Village are just some of the things this one will always talk about. ‘Where’s the party, ya?’ is like common punctuation with them and will be dropped in almost every conversation you have with them. They’re also your one stop when it comes to finding the best party spots with amazing deals (they might just have contacts their too!).

SOCIAL MEDIA EXPERT

 

Click, caption, update, repeat — consider this the mantra of this type. You’d find this one on every social media platform possible, and they also will be your one stop for all things Internet. Real life is just an extension of their virtual life, and long conversations without checking the phone might only be possible if they run out of mobile data.

SPORTS DUDE

 

College life for them is mostly limited to the field. They join college through sports quota and spend a majority of their time skipping classes to better their game. The coach is the one faculty person in their life and hard routines are worse nightmares for them than college exams. If you do befriend this one, keep them on speed dial for the classic DU fight.

COLLEGE ROCKSTAR

 

Popular among the ladies, this one leads the college band. You’d mostly spot him strumming his guitar, preparing for the next big performance or just moving in the popular crowd. They’re mostly clad in the trendiest of clothes and most of their look (tattoos and hairdo included) are a tribute to their favourite band. You know you’re one of the popular ones if you befriend this one!

JUGAAD CENTRAL

 

One of the most important entities to roam the college grounds, this one is indispensable if you want college to be a smooth ride. From last minute fest passes to all the proxy attendance, this one will have a contact for everything (or at least a solution to it). Treat this one nicely and enjoy the perks!

Have more to add to the list? Tell us in the comments below.

 

 

ONLINE COURSES MAY WORSEN ACADEMIC OUTCOMES, ESPECIALLY FOR AT-RISK STUDENTS

Online university courses might be creating new challenges for the very students they are meant to help, a new study finds.

Many non-traditional students turn to, and are recruited for, online degree programs on the promise of greater flexibility and lower fees. But research released by the Brookings Institution last week suggests online courses provide the worst academic outcomes for the students who most need extra support. Looking at the for-profit DeVry University’s enrollment and performance data, Eric Bettinger and Susanna Loeb of Stanford University report that students who took an online class received grades 0.44 points worse on a 4.0 grade point average scale compared to traditional students who took the same class in person. That means the online course takers would receive a C on average, whereas the traditional student would receive a B-minus on average.

Typing on a laptop.

This disparity was sharpest for the lowest-performing students, whose online course grades were 0.5 points worse on average. Online classes also increased students’ risk of dropping out of school by about 9 percent, the authors reported. That means students already struggling with their grades or at risk of dropping out are likely to face steeper risks in an online setting.

“While online courses may have the potential to differentiate coursework to meet the needs of students with weaker incoming skills, current online courses, in fact, do an even worse job of meeting the needs of these students than do traditional in-person courses,” the authors write.

The authors note that DeVry’s online courses are modeled almost exactly after the traditional university classes. That means this study’s results are not only specific to DeVry, but to online courses that choose to mimic customary approaches to education, rather than take a different approach better tailored to the medium.

 

Gian Sagar row: Absence of 3 students stalls counselling of 2008-11 batches

The failure of three students to turn up for the special counselling for 2008-2011 batches of the Banur-based Gian Sagar Medical College stalled the process at Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, on Friday.

As many as 114 of the total 117 medical, dental and nursing students attended the counselling for allotment of new colleges.

However, with three students — who are reportedly residing abroad — not attending it, the varsity officials only carried out verification of documents of the remaining students.

“This is unfair. The students have already suffered a lot,” said a parent. “Our repeated requests to allot new colleges to those in attendance were turned down.”

Sources said following a communique from the department of medical education, the varsity was supposed to find the whereabouts of all students who had not received the degrees yet.

The university will now submit a report to the department and seek permission to adjust the 114 students.

Gian Sagar row

“The university will suggest to the government to shift the students through a draw of lots in Chandigarh, so that they don’t have to travel all the way here,” said vice-chancellor Dr Raj Bahadur.

The Punjab government had on May 10 withdrawn permission to the Gian Sagar Trust to run medical, dental, nursing and physiotherapy colleges. The classes had been suspended since February 1 after the staff went on an indefinite strike against the management for not clearing their dues.

The Punjab and Haryana high court on June 2 directed the varsity to shift the students to other colleges in Punjab within three weeks. On first day of the counselling for 2012-2016 batches, it came to the fore that many students of earlier batches had not received their degrees. The government asked the varsity to shift these students by June 26 as well.