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Prejudiced Education


“History is created by those who are enlightened by the power of knowledge, not by arrogant nerds”

Niyati * and Nitin* were classmate’s and were in the commerce stream. Niyati on one hand was an introvert; shy yet a soft spoken girl whereas Nitin on the other hand was an ambivert yet a confident guy. When it came to studies Niyati was an average performer whereas Nitin on the other hand was a bright student who used to excel in academics, was clear about his goal and knew where he wanted to reach in his life. But there was one thing about Nitin, he described himself as a down to earth guy and it reflected in his personality. Never ever he boasted about his achievements, was rather helpful and was actually the apple of the eyes of his teachers. Niyati always teased Nitin for him being “so humble yet good at academics “and used to tell him again and again” next year you are either going to study in St Stephens College or Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC)”. But Nitin neither felt flattered nor uneasy because he knew he didn’t want to continue with commerce rather he wanted to make a niche for himself as a writer. Soon came the most dreaded period in the life of a class twelfth student. The “BOARD EXAMS”. The month of March was a stressful period for all the class XIIth students and Nitin and Niyati were no exception. And soon by the end of May the results were declared. Nitin scored 91% with a 95+ in all the four commerce subjects and on top of it he was the subject topper in his school for Business Studies. But the poor guy scored a mere 69 in English. On the other hand Niyati who was comparatively less focused than Nitin and who accepted things as they came scored 90% which was quite unbelievable for her. While on one hand Nitin surely had a reason to celebrate but he could not. He wanted to do English honors from St Stephens College (Delhi university) which is one of the premier institution of this country and has a long list of famous alumni like Shashi Tharoor (author, peace maker) Konkana Sen Sharma(actor),Montek Singh Ahluwalia(economist) to name a few. But the poor guy didn’t know that despite being a 90 per center he could not study in his dream college.

REASON: The cut off in St Stephens for English honors was 97% and a minimum of 90+ in English was needed which he didn’t have. In fact with a score of 69 in English he couldn’t even make it to the second rung colleges. The only way out was: he either be a Christian or belong to any of the minority community to get admission. On the other hand for Niyati it turned out to be a cake walk. She made it to Shri Ram College of Commerce through the reserved category quota, perhaps rather than mincing words she belonged to the Scheduled caste and for her the doors of all the top notch colleges were open.