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Jun 16, 2011 at 08:44am IST

DU cut-offs will come down: Kapil Sibal

New Delhi: There is hope for lakhs of students looking to study at Delhi University. Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal slammed the 100 per cent cut-off announced by Sri Ram college of Commerce.

Speaking to CNN-IBN, Kapil Sibal said that the Delhi University cut-offs will be brought down.

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This is after the Sri Ram College of Commerce put out a 100 per cent cut-off for their Bachelor of Commerce course for non commerce students - there is only one student in the country who has that perfect score.

CNN-IBN: Mr Sibal you promised very clearly to take care of students, you've called these cutoffs irrational. But really is there much that you can do in this.

Kapil Sibal: Naturally I think that the college authorities will realise and I am sure that the vice chancellor will be talking to them to ensure in the times to come that these cutoffs will come down and a lot of people who are in the science stream will get a chance to get admission into the commerce course.

CNN-IBN: But the cut-offs have always been fairly high, they are close to 99 per cent on most years.

Kapil Sibal: You need to actually reform the system. See what is happening today is that if you belong to one stream and you pass class 12th you are not allowed to transfer to another stream. Science can't go to commerce, commerce can't go to science, arts can't come to commerce and I think that this is very irrational. So we need to actually increase choices for children, so that they are allowed to take a number of courses across streams. We want to reduce the pressure on parents and pressure on students, why should students have to appear for 20-30 different exams, run from pillar to posts. Even different universities have different examinations. I don't think we should put our children through that kind of pressure. So if we have one exam all over India, that is the way to move forward and I hope to do that before I leave.

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