A decade ago, college admissions were not on the radar of the media and politicians.
The country’s first college admissions survey, conducted by the National Council of Educational Research (NCER), in 1998, had reported that only 3% of people in India’s first batch of students were studying for a degree in a top college.
Today, the number of people applying for college degrees in India has surpassed 3% and is expected to hit 5% in the next two years.
The number of students pursuing degrees in a first-tier college has grown by 70% in 10 years.
While the number is much higher than in the United States, it has also witnessed a rise in the number applying for degrees in the second-tier colleges, with the second tier colleges being the focus of the trend.
College life is also not an option for most of the students pursuing the degree.
Most of the student population is already employed and has families to support, while the life at the end of their degree is not in the picture for most.
A survey by the Times of Indian in January this year reported that the average length of time a student spends on their course of study was three years, with a total of 1,500 students enrolled at the Delhi University.
The average time spent on their study was one year.
The survey also revealed that the most common reason for dropping out of the college is financial.
More than half (55%) of students said they would like to drop out, while only 15% had any other reason for skipping the college.
The report also revealed a gap between those who would like their university to have a college admissions service and those who do not.
In contrast, about 25% of students surveyed said that they would prefer to have the service provided by an NGO, while 30% said they are interested in getting the service by themselves.
The students also felt that the quality of the service is a concern.
Most students (63%) felt that it was a big burden for the students to take courses from their local colleges and would prefer it not be an option.
Only 16% felt that their courses were more suitable for them.
“There is a sense of helplessness amongst students,” said Arvind Dutta, president of the Indian Council of International Students (ICIS).
“They feel that they are not getting any help, and they feel that if they have a problem with their college, it would not affect their academic progress.
The colleges are doing nothing for the college, and the students are not able to make a difference,” he added.
As a result, the lack of access to an admissions service, which is often the only option, has become a major barrier for many students.
“We have had the same situation at colleges in the past, where they are giving free admission to students who are already in the college and not paying for them, and then they get into trouble because they have no other option,” said Ashish Kumar, a senior lecturer in sociology at a private college in Delhi.
The Times Of India report also mentioned a growing number of colleges that do not provide free admission and even do not offer admission at all.
Some of these colleges are private colleges, which are subject to the law of supply and demand, and students have to pay tuition fee for the course of studies, the report said.
In a similar situation, one of the colleges, a private one, is facing protests from its students after it refused to allow admission to more than two people in the first two years of its existence.
“I would like the college to have free admission, but unfortunately they don’t want it,” said Anushka, a student in a college in south Delhi.
“The students are complaining to me, saying, ‘We don’t have a choice.
You cannot bring us in because the school doesn’t allow us to study there.
We don’t know how to get in.’
It is the biggest problem that the students have.
There is no space for discussion, and no possibility for the discussions to take place,” she said.
According to the report, most of these students are poor, as the average tuition fee of the private college is Rs 3,000.
“For most of them, the cost of admission is not covered by the government.
It is a matter of desperation, they are unable to pay the tuition fee,” said Nisha, another student in the Delhi college.
“If you take into account that they have to study on their own, the government should provide them with a service,” said Bishnu, another person in the same college.
Nisha is the first to admit that there is a gap in access to higher education for some of the poorer students.
She said the students were given free admission after the government granted a loan waiver to the students.
Nishan said the government has not taken a clear stance on this.
“Government should take a stand on this and not give a free pass to a handful