It’s admission season and students are vying for seats in various colleges of Panjab University as well as Delhi University (DU). However, over the years, the number of students from Punjab and Chandigarh applying to DU has only increased. Many students believe that the national capital has much better opportunities to offer and provides them greater exposure.
Monica Sharma, a student of Master of Library and Information Science at Panjab University, feels that if she enrolled at DU, she might have had better career prospects. “Not that PU does not offer great courses, but due to the amount of exposure that DU offers, I would any day urge students to apply to DU.”
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Sagar Sehgal, a B.Com aspirant applying to PU, “A degree from DU has more value than one from Panjab University. It is no surprise that students prefer applying there.”
Prof Nirmal Kumar of Delhi University believes that the main reason for the increase in applications from Punjab to DU is predominantly because of ‘Capital syndrome’. “We are receiving a lot more applications from Punjab and even Haryana, even though PU is a an accomplished university. I believe, it is primarily because Delhi, being the Capital, attracts the young crowd. More than the education, it is the life in a Metropolitan city that is driving students to apply here in larger numbers.”
However, due to the high cut-off percentages at Delhi University, students find it tough to get admission there. Jyoti Singh, a resident of Chandigarh and a B.Com aspirant, said, “DU has an unbelievable cut-off percentage, it is quite tough to get admission there. However, had I scored higher, I would have definitely applied to DU. The quality of education, infrastructure and other basic facilities that the students can avail are much better there.” Due to the high cut-off percentage, more students from Delhi have even started considering PU as their next option. “I am applying only to Panjab University, because due to the increase in cut-off marks in DU, I believe I can avail better education at Panjab University,” says Shimona, a B.Com aspirant from Delhi.
But for some like Gaganpreet Kaur, a student at PU, there is nothing like studying in Chandigarh. “I think the quality of education that we get here is much at par with DU. Also, Chandigarh is a much cleaner and quieter city than Delhi. Who wants all that rush and struggle!”