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The new academic session at National Institute of design, Paldi, which started on Wednesday, 6th June, 2012 saw more girls secure admission to the Graduate Diploma Programme in Design (GDPD). This year, 66 girls got admission to the 100-seat course compared to 34 boys. Last year, the boy-girl ratio was almost equal. Mani Deepa (19) from Jharkhand, who is one of the successful candidates, believes her excellent aptitude for design got her admission to the premier design institute. I come from a place where exposure to unconventional courses like design and fashion is very minimal. I am lucky that my family supported me in my choice of course.
Another student, Aswathi (17) from Kerala, said, NIDs foundation course gives great exposure to various design discipline. It will help me identify the design faculty I want to specialise in. I believe unlike girls, boys are under more pressure to choose conventional courses which offer better career prospects. That may be the reason there are less number of boys for this course. NID faculties believe that girls have more inclination and aptitude for design.This year we received more applications from female candidates for the GDPD course. It shows girls have more inclination and aptitude for design education. Even some of the PG courses are dominated by girls, said NID Registrar, Vijaya Deshmukh. In the Post-graduate Diploma Programme in Design (PGDPD) the ratio of male and female is almost equal. Certain disciplines like the textile design, ceramic and glass design department, furniture and interior design (FID) is dominated by the fairer sex.There are 13 girls compared to two boys in the textile design department, eight girls and two boys in the ceramic and glass design department, 11 girls and four boys in the FID department. However, the fairer sex seems reluctant to take up design courses like transportation and automobile design. In the transportation and automobile department there are no female students. Meanwhile in the product design department too, out of 15 seats, 11 are filled by boys.Wait-Listed Candidates Hit JackpotThis year candidates on the waiting list had a huge smile on their faces as most of them secured admission to post-graduate courses. Of the 170 students who were wait-listed, 95 per cent of them were given admission. Despite this, there were vacant seats for some courses. Out of the 245 seats, the institute was able to fill only 236. Several students from the first list either did not complete the final formalities or they had submitted incomplete documents. Hence, we gave their seats to candidates on the waiting list, said Deshmukh.
Courtesy: Times of India
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