June 11, 2009 5:43:18 pm
As the scramble for Delhi University admissions reaches a peak,most students are hoping to get a seat in courses that can assure them big pay packets in the future. Unfortunately,while this trend is a safe bet for students,it also rings the death knell for courses such as Urdu,Sanskrit and BSc Life Science.
At Sri Venkateswara College,while a thousand applications have been received for the BCom course,not a single application has come in for Sanskrit or BSc Life Science. Nirmal Kumar,Admissions Convener at Venkateshwara College says,We are getting no applicants for courses like BSc Life Science,which is a pure science subject and has a curriculum based on practical knowledge. Sanskrit (Hons) too,has no takers. We are considering lowering the cutoff to 65 per cent,which is certainly disrespectful to the language.
At Lady Shri Ram College,the Urdu and Tamil courses on offer are not as popular as Hindi,says Public Relations Officer Kanika Khandelwal. Hindi has received many more applications,as students are look at Hindi journalism as a viable prospect. Although we have a dedicated department for Urdu,which is offered as an optional subject in the BA programme,there are not many takers. Same is the case with Tamil, she says.
K M Matthew,a faculty member of St Stephens College,says,Sanskrit (Hons) has received relatively fewer applications,as compared to other courses. This,despite the fact that the college has a reputed Sanskrit department.
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Students applying in these colleges are opting for courses like BCom,Statistics and Eco (Hons). Indian languages,considered poor in terms of long-term career prospects,are being ignored. In order to make these courses popular,we have launched incentives for students. Chirashree Chakraborty Prize for creative writing in Indian languages is one of them, says Khandelwal. The irony is,last year a student from the US had come to LSR to study Hindi,while our own students are taking up foreign languages, she added.
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