Expressing concern over the "sky rocketing" cut-offs declared by Delhi University, BJP leader Vijay Goel on Thursday said average students of the national capital will have no option but to migrate to other cities for higher studies if not given any advantage over outstation aspirants.
"It's the average student that bears the brunt of such high cut-offs. About 2.7 lakh students are currently competing for just 54,000 seats of Delhi University. Where will the average student go?" asked Goel, also a Rajya Sabha MP.
"Students are left with no option but to migrate to other cities to explore opportunities which are an additional financial burden on the family," he added. The BJP leader said the university should provide 4% concession of marks in admissions to students passing out from Delhi schools.
He, however, added that DU could open its branches in neighbouring states to reduce pressure on outstation students. Goel demanded that the university should expedite the admission process which began on July 1, a week behind schedule due to the stalemate between UGC and DU over the controversial four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP).
"The tussle between UGC and DU over FYUP caused the delay in admissions. Now, additional criteria for admission to colleges have further added to the mess. DU should expedite the admission process and help reduce confusion amongst students and parents alike who are worried sick about the future of their children." he said.
Stressing on the need for skill development-based higher education, the BJP leader said: "DU should open up more evening colleges and promote skill development. There is a need for youth-led development. It is not just about empowering youth with skill to ensure employment." "Skill development also serves as an important tool which ensures nation building," he added.