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Admission anxiety over higher cut-off marks this year

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GUWAHATI: Students and guardians are anxious about admission in top colleges in Delhi and Assam as cut-off marks may go up abruptly under the formula-based evaluation this year.

Amid speculation of a third wave of Covid, some guardians are still hesitant about sending their boys and girls to study in other parts of the country. Under such circumstances, premier institutions like Cotton University in Guwahati may come under pressure to accommodate top performers. The pass percentage in CBSE and the state boards has shown a whopping growth already.

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Undergraduate admissions in Delhi University (DU)-affiliated colleges will start from August 2, whereas for post-graduate, MPhil and PhD courses, admissions started on July 26. The All Assamese Students’ Association (Aasa), New Delhi, on Friday launched an online helpdesk for Assam students who are willing to get admission in the country’s top colleges in the national capital. Aasa, one of the prominent student organizations from the northeast in Delhi, has been offering assistance to students of the state during admissions over the years. Since his student days, Ranjan Bikash, now an adviser of Aasa, never faced such concerns during the admission season. But with more than 99% in CBSE Class XII boards and an ‘unusually high’ pass percentage in the Class X Assam board examination, Ranjan and other student guides are in a spot. They may think twice before suggesting a college to an aspirant.
“We were speculating that both the pass percentage and the overall performance of students will go abruptly high this year under the evaluation formula. In states like Assam, where students usually get lesser marks compared to CBSE students, the admission in DU colleges is going to be a real test,” said Ranjan.

Last year, many students who were planning to move to Delhi, ultimately took admission in colleges in Guwahati due to the Covid situation. But many others managed to get admission in DU-affiliated colleges, though they had to resort to online classes. The scenario may be different this time, not directly due to Covid but because of higher marks. “How will DU-affiliated colleges accommodate so many students with high performance? Aspirants need to keep their fingers crossed,” said Ranjan.

Jonali Das, a mother and principal of Modern English School, Kahilipara, said, “Time is testing our patience. Students are passing through a very challenging time.”

“Anxiety is everywhere, results, getting admission, what to study and where, the danger of the infection and most importantly, non-recognizing the attitude of the people as it is a ‘formula result’ this year,” she added.

Due to the Covid-induced situation, some of the students in the city have even reportedly turned down full scholarships from a few universities in other cities. Nevertheless, there is another section of students and teachers who are feeling safe due to online education, preferred across the country.

“Many of our students got enrolled in colleges and universities outside the northeast during Covid. In an online mode of education, it does not matter where a student is enrolled. Ultimately, they have to join classes from home,” said Sarmistha Chakraborty, a teacher at Maharishi Vidya Mandir, Barsajai.

Tanisha Dey, who passed the Class XII examination with 96.2% from the Kendriya Vidyalaya, CRPF in Amerigog, said despite all adversities, she will try to get admission in economics honours in a DU-affiliated college. “Covid cannot stop us from achieving our dreams. Whether it’s going to be online or offline education, I will try my best to get admission in a college in Delhi or Kolkata,” said Tanisha. But she was also concerned about the high-cut offs that will come into play this time.



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