Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Making a Mountain of a Molehill

Constituent colleges of Delhi University released their first list of cut-offs and one of the cut-offs (for B.Com (Hons.) in SRCC for students who did not take commerce in +2) caught the media's eye: 100%. And lo and behold, Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal came in with some quick bytes (DU is after all a central university).

The media is full of it - how the whole world is illiterate in the eyes of DU and how the entire world wants to join DU. Time for a reality check. Most students who apply to DU colleges are rich kids who have been blowing their parents' money in classes 11th and 12th. The truth is that the admission procedure to DU is the least demanding of all admission procedures in India except perhaps the monetary kind.

Consider this: those aspiring for a DU seat can celebrate their adolescence in 11th and 12th class, going out for wild parties, bunking classes and basically doing whatever they please. Karan Johar's soon-to-be-released Always Kabhi Kabhi pretty much sums up what I'm talking about. And then, as though from out of nowhere, reality hits them and they realise that there really is competition out there and daddy's credit card can't buy you everything. And then they make all that noise about it.

Don't get me wrong: despite my hyperbolic view of Delhi's shamelessness, I accept that it's not universal. There are genuinely very intelligent people in Delhi - thank God for that. But those are the people who are not complaining but have learned to take on the competition. I'm referring to those who haven't learned to do so and are left crying now. That's the group that feels it's entitled to everything in the world.

It's also a very rich group so that the media focuses on them as though a rich kid unable to join SRCC is more calamitous than farmer suicides and AFSPA. It's plain ridiculous and DU knows that very well. They rightly explain that cut-offs are a function of school-leaving exams, not DU's wisdom. It's actually a very polite way of saying exactly what I've said. They might also add that students aspiring for professional colleges go through hell for admissions and have to sacrifice their last few years of adolescence for that, unlike the DU crowd. That might put things into perspective.

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