With the registration process for Delhi University’s undergraduate courses drawing to a close, different trends are emerging. One of them is the preference given to colleges over courses. DU sources say a large number of aspirants who scored 90% and above in Class XII have opted for B.A programme. For example, St Stephens College received 1,600 applications for the B.A programme as against 50 seats, which according to the college is nearly three times more than that of last year and there are still two more days left for the application process.
Also the applicants are evenly distributed from across streams. In fact the number of applications for B.A programme is more than that of history (honours), philosophy (honours) and B.Sc programme, said media coordinator of the college, Karen Gabriel. According to the dean of student’s welfare office, even for other popular colleges the number of students applying for the B.A programme has increased significantly. What is interesting is that the number of high scorers applying for this course has increased manifold.
The final numbers are going to be out only after Monday after we close the registration process, said deputy dean of student’s welfare, Gurpreet Singh Tuteja. So what is the reason for this surge in applying for the B.A programme in DU colleges? With 92% I will definitely not get admission into honors’ courses in English and economics in colleges like Stephens, Lady Shri Ram or Shri Ram College of Commerce. And I don’t want to study elsewhere. My first preference is Stephens but it doesn’t accept CATE score, so I am applying for B.A programme where the probability is much better, said Palki Singh, an aspirant. A lot of students do that, though it shouldn’t be so.
In a way it’s true as our English cutoff last year was 96% and a student obtaining marks less than that who wants to study in Stephens would apply in other courses. And the best bet is B.A programme. But the aspirant has to also remember that the B.A programme of DU is not an easy course by any means, said Gabriel. And Palki is not an exception, as dozens of aspirants were seen submitting their forms for B.A programme in popular colleges like LSR, Kirori Mal, Hindu, Hans Raj, Kamla Nehru and Miranda House, among others just because they want to study in these specific colleges irrespective of the course.
Tuteja said: Students while applying keep four things in mind - hostels, infrastructure, placement and brand value. These things are in their head, but they don’t understand what lies in their heart. In the long run they will realize that the course is more important. They don’t understand this and compromise, which may ruin their career by selecting a course which they may not like after sometime. Tuteja has been involved in the counselling process for a long time and he said that he has often seen students not doing well with a compromised course and later opt for a change of course. As far as placement is concerned, students of many colleges not the in popular list gets good placements, added Tuteja.
Courtesy: Times of India