Thursday, June 16, 2011

India Inc. cut up with SRCC cut-Off: Demand for 100% marks shows lack of quality institutions

The human resource development minister has decried it as irrational. It's unfair on students, but don't blame the college instead blame the education system and the inability to create capacity to absorb top class students. That's the reaction of honchos from India Inc. to Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) demanding a perfect score from non-commerce students keen to graduate from the institution with a commerce degree.

As per Delhi University's first list, the cut-off for admission to SRCC for non-commerce students is an outlandish 100%. At a few other colleges, the cut-off is 5-10 % higher than a year ago. Doubtless the cut-offs will decline in subsequent lists but, Mr. Minister, there is certainly a problem.

"It is a wake-up call to the education system," says Sanjeev Sanyal, an economist with a foreign bank who graduated from SRCC in 1992. "There is a huge demand for tertiary education in India. It is not a college-specific issue but a reflection on India's education system," he adds.

"I think it is a demand-supply situation and the best solution is to increase the number of colleges and seats and make sure there is no dearth of good teachers and right education for students," says N.R. Narayana Murthy, co-founder and till recently Chairman of Infosys.

Source: The Economic Times, June 16, 2011

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