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High cutoffs and higher expectations

High–cut offs at Universities are a trend and neither education institutions nor parents think about the consequences of the rising cut-offs. Immense pressure by the peer becomes uncontrollable effecting the psych of students.

The education system in India is very biased. There’s a perception that those kids who are brilliant in studies at school will be excellent in studies during college times as well and will give a fantastic result which would thereby result in good image of the respective college.

The marking/grading system has become so unrealistic that getting a 99 percentile isn’t a difficult task at all as a result the cut-offs also go as high as 99.8% – 99.9%. Did anybody think about the impact that this hike would cause on the students? Right now scoring a 99 percentile might sound good to the ears but is it really that easy as the board system has made it. No it is not! It is next to impossible to score a 100 in subjects like English, Hindi and Economics. The fault is in the grading system for exposing the students to this sham which would risk their future anyhow when they would be facing the real challenges of the world.

Immense rise in cut offs from the past many years has been putting on a lot of pressure on the students. The competition level has increased and as a result the peer pressure has also grown rigorously. Due to this reason the parents and the school has started stressing more and more on studies and less on extra-curricular activities as they are of the thought that if the child doesn’t score in 90’s then he/she doesn’t stand anywhere. Now, because of this the child who may be good in extra-curricular activities and not much good in studies has no scope in surviving in this era of competition of marks. Despite of the fact that some students might have some inherent talent, yet they are not allowed to focus on it and are instead made to study. This hampers the overall development of a child and education becomes a burden for him/her. Getting high percentages has become a prestige issue for both the schools and the parents. It is always expected that since the parents put on so much efforts on their child’s education and overall development, the child must also in return work hard and show extraordinary results. The pressure to stand out in the society is so much that the parents forget that every individual has its own qualities where being studious id definitely not compulsory. The average or below average students as they can’t make it to the high cut-offs are treated as unworthy and invaluable.

The cut offs go as high as 99% in top colleges of University; such situations provoke the students to question their capabilities instead of becoming a ladder of success in their life; many even fall prey to depression, anxiety, stress and some even end up their lives. The taxing grading system of today has declined a student’s self confidence and self esteem.

Are we going to tackle this problem or are we just going to sit and watch the consequences? No we can’t just keep quiet and let our youth go waste like this. We need to do something. The parents are required to give their children some space and guidance to make the most feasible choices for their careers. Career guidance and counselling would be of great help for the students as well as their parents as they would give assistance and guidance in understanding the future path.

Home Away From Home


As people call it – “home away from home”, Hotel Sukhsadan is a huge & magnificent ancestral property located on East Canal Road, Dehradun. Though for a short duration, but this place has been a home for many people, students, travelers, etc from pan India and across the globe. Tourists from Canada, Germany, USA, etc keep hopping in this hotel.

I have been a regular visitor at this hotel now. I come and stay here for at least a week, once in every two-three months.  And whenever I come I am welcomed with so much warmth & affection that I wish to stay longer at this place. Hotel Sukhsadan is known for its hospitality. From the owner to the staff to the servants, all are respectful and courteous towards the customers or guests.

This hotel is well-connected to the nearby markets, malls, cafes and restaurants. The aura and vibe of the hotel is positive. They have a humongous campus with quiet and calm environment. One can just peacefully walk around the entire place and feel rejuvenated. The guest house portion of the hotel, where I usually stay, has rooms well furnished along with TV and an AC. The other portion has rooms available at reasonable rates, mainly for students. Cottages are also there in the backyard for families. The hotel is spacious enough for parking as well as playing any outdoor game. It also has swings, jungle gym, and monkey climber as a major attraction for children. A South Indian meal outlet is inside their campus that serves the South Indian delicacies like idli, vada and dosa & also some North Indian ones likes Chole bhature. Customers can conveniently grab a meal from this outlet.

In the hustle and bustle of the city, I feel glad and delighted that there is such a place as Hotel Sukhsadan. I love everything about Sukhsadan. As its name “Sukhsadan” suggests, it is truly a house full of happiness.

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Back to School with Best Buddy’s

Among the newbie’s in town is this well known

“#Best Buddy’s Restro Cafe”

It is known for its elegant decor and beautiful lighting. This place is so attractive that one would just want to capture every bit through their lens, in simple words it is awe-inspiring.

The quality and presentation of food outshines all the other cafes and restaurants in the city of Dehradun. Though every nook and corner of this cafe is spectacular, yet there is this one corner with a ‘#’ book shelf.

Books, indoor board games, an old typewriter, radio make this corner more captivating.

The Best Buddy’s Restro Cafe has a special area for private parties so that there is no interference in the normal running of the cafe. It’s a small and cute space.

This place is perfect for school-going kids and families too. In the true sense, this is a cafe to hang out with your best buddies. As it is located on the main road and in the midst of the city, it is easily accessible. Great ambiance, mouth watering menu, and impromptu service make this cafe “too good to be true”.

Credit: Sonali Sahgal