The Bihar toppers scandal has had an unexpected fall out with echoes in Delhi. The latest is that Delhi students who have passed the 12th standard and are applying for admission to courses in the Delhi university have come up with a demand that the marks obatained by students of Bihar Board should not be the criterion for admission selection.
They are now demanding that a separate entrance test be conducted for students who have passed the Bihar Board 12th standard exam.
This is understandable because the scandal raises questions about the scores. Those students who may have received higher scores unfairly could be at an advantage in being considered for admission to the Delhi University while those who have genuine but lower scores could be refused admission.
What the Delhi University authorities plan to do is a question in the minds of most of the students and their parents from Delhi and other states.
One student of CBSE (Delhi) was asked about the demand and why they made this demand. His reply was that there is no way of knowing how many students from Bihar Board have a genuine marksheet reflecting genuine scores.
If that scoresheet is taken as the basis for admission, then it is likely those with genuine scores will not stand a chance. Therefore, the only way to ensure that only genuine students are given admission is to conduct an entrance exam specifically for the students who have passed this year’s Bihar Board exam.
One can understand this demand when one knows that even a blank answer sheet has been given pass marks in the Bhim Rao Ambedkar Bihar University exam.
Will these two scandals unearth a whole can of worms of scandals infecting the Bihar education system is an interesting speculation. Meanwhile, it must be ensured that genuine students do not suffer in their quest for admission to DU and a way must be found.