The most sought after college for commerce — the Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) — has seen an unprecedented number of students from Tamil Nadu taking admission in B Com (H) this year during the first round of admissions. While the college hasn’t officially collected region-wise admission data, sources say the number is “at least 80 per cent”.
While the number of students may be unprecedented, the trend of students from state boards of Tamil Nadu and Kerala taking admission in SRCC in particular, and DU in general, began in 2010, recalls former SRCC principal P C Jain, when the required cut-off first touched 100 per cent. Last year too, the college had one section of B Com (H) only comprising students from Tamil Nadu.
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“It was in 2010, when the cut off touched 100 per cent for the first time and a girl from Kerala had scored 100 per cent in all her subjects, that the issue first got attention. From then on, more and more students belonging to these state boards have taken admission in the college and university,” said Jain.
Explaining the trend, Jain recalls an incident “about 10 years ago” when he had gone to Uttar Pradesh before admissions began in DU. “The topper of the UP state board had scored 84 per cent that year. Someone asked me how anyone from UP would get admission in DU,” says Jain.
He says it was because of this “competition” that state boards started inflating the grace marks, making it possible for students to get 99-100 per cent. A faculty member recalls receiving several admissions from Tamil Nadu last year too. “In light of the scam in Bihar, it’s worrying that such a tremendous number of students are coming from one board and one school.
“It is something the teachers in the college had spoken out against. Universities are about diversity and intermingling of cultures, putting them all together takes away that essence,” the faculty member says.
SRCC Acting Principal R P Rustagi however brushes aside apprehensions. “We have never collected region-wise data. The only thing that matters is merit, and these students meet the cut-off. The first few days maybe dominated by Tamil Nadu, but today the majority of admissions were from Delhi NCR and Haryana,” he says.