Bengaluru Pre-University Colleges Are Setting Higher Cut-Off Only For Girls To Ensure ‘Gender Balance’

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As if the discrimination and violence meted out to women in the country is not enough, the colleges in Bengaluru are now trying to build up another discriminatory tradition against the girls. And what is the reason behind such unjustified thought?

Colleges Misusing Karnataka Govt. Directives

These few colleges in the city believe that they have a problem of having too many girls in the college. And for fixing this so-called problem, the colleges have decided to set higher cut off marks for the girls for getting admission in the Pre University courses.

Surprisingly, these colleges are very smartly using the guidelines by the Karnataka Government to justify their discriminatory decision. On the contrary, these guidelines have been actually written for improving access of girls to education 

The Pre-University Education of the state government of Karnataka issued guidelines to the PU colleges to maintain an equal number of boys and girls in the government-aided and government educational institutions.

The guidelines were issued to ensure that an equal number of girls were given access to education in both government and private colleges. But the colleges in Bengaluru are now using the same guidelines against the girls claiming that the girls are doing better than boys and hence the girls cut off marks have been raised.

A report says that for science subject the cut off for boys in the MES PU College in Bengaluru is 92% whereas for girls it is 95%. Similarly, for commerce faculty the cut off for boys is 92% whereas for girls it is 94%.

In Christ Junior College the Science stream cut off for boys is 94.1% whereas for girls it is 95.1%. For commerce faculty, the cut off for boys is 95.5% and for girls, it is 96%. For the arts stream, the cut off is 84.5% for boys and for girls, it is 89.2%.  

   

Colleges Citing Reason Of Gender Balance In Classrooms

The Vice-Chancellor of the Christ University of Bengaluru, Father Abraham said,  “If there is no higher cut-off, the college will have only girls. The higher cut off is to bring gender balance.” It is a common thing to provide low cut off privilege to communities and groups who are historically disadvantaged or marginalized. However, using the same tenet to set up a higher cut off for girls is discriminatory and illegal.

According to a lawyer, Veena Krishnan, “If you have a higher cut off for girls, then lesser girls will join colleges. Unless there is a reasonable basis, you cannot have such discrimination. Like the demand for reservations for women in Parliament has a reasonable basis, whatever discrimination you do has to be on the basis of logic, a reasonable basis and for equity.”

Another advocate, Sundar Raman opined, “This is definitely not legal because there is absolutely no basis for it. There is no justifiable rationale for it. In my opinion, it might be contrary to some norms. Though private colleges can set their own standards for admission, they cannot set standards that are separate for men and women. There has to be a uniform academic threshold.”

When asked about this new scenario the Director of the Pre-University Department of the state government C Shika said, “We will be examining this issue.”

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