The stratospheric cut-offs for some colleges in Delhi this year serve as a warning—that India does not have enough good colleges.
For example, a student from a non-commerce background can hope to get into an undergraduate course at the Shri Ram College of Commerce only if she has scored 100% in her board exams. One part of the problem is the lavish distribution of marks, or grade inflation. But the other problem is that there are not enough quality colleges. So kids have to rush to a handful of decent colleges.
The sky-high cut-offs come at a time when seats in engineering, medical and business schools are empty, as students are less keen than before to get into the third-rate institutions that have mushroomed across the country.
The education system is broken, at a time when India dreams of emerging as a superpower. What we need is more private and public investment, and the end of the licence raj