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Evening colleges rank high in DU scramble for seats

With the high cut-offs in the first list for admission to Delhi University putting most North campus colleges out of reach for many,students with 70%-80% marks have started trooping to evening colleges.

Written by Dipankar Ghose | New Delhi |
June 18, 2011 1:35:27 am

Not making the campus first cut,students with 70-80% go for B Com,Eco in evening colleges

With the high cut-offs in the first list for admission to Delhi University putting most North campus colleges out of reach for many,students with 70%-80% marks have started trooping to evening colleges. In the last two days,these colleges have been thronged by admission-seekers.

Colleges like Shaheed Bhagat Singh College (Evening),with cut-offs ranging from 68-82% for courses like Economics and B Com (Hons),have seen their admissions nearly double. Dr P K Khurana,principal of the Bhagat Singh College,said: “Last year,we had about 90 admissions by the second day. This year,the number has gone up to nearly 200.”

One reason behind the increase of admissions in these colleges are the high cut-offs for the much sought-after courses like Economics and B Com (Hons). Rakesh Mittal,who secured 78%,said: “I only want Economics or B Com (Hons). With my percentage,I am not even getting close anywhere else. I have applied to Ram Lal Anand College as well.”

Dr Ashok Kumar,principal of Ram Lal Anand College (Evening),said: “Of the 60 applications that we have received,almost 40 are for B Com and another 10 are for Economics. At the same time last year,we had 45 applications.”

Astha Gupta,who secured 79%,said: “The college where I study wouldn’t matter later because ultimately the degree will be from Delhi University. The examiners would be the same for everyone as well. I have always wanted to take up Finance as a career and it would be foolish if I change my career direction just because I didn’t get admission in the college of my choice.”

For some,the decision to join an evening college has an added reason — they get a chance to earn some extra money in the mornings. Zaid,a student of Zakir Hussain College (Evening),said: “Most think that students in evening colleges are the least serious. But I work in a restaurant in the morning,and then come for classes in the afternoon. It helps me make ends meet.”

Despite the influx of students with higher marks in the college,professors stop short of saying that there is a qualitative difference in the kind of students they are getting. Professor Harish Dhawan of Ram Lal Anand College said: “The marks of students coming into our colleges have been consistently going up and will go up even more rapidly this year. Some time ago,students with 58% would be admitted,now it is 82% for Economics. But that is not to say that the quality of students is drastically going up. They still have the same mathematical and language skills.”

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