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Shaswati Das, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, July 04, 2013
Admissions under the second cut-off list in Delhi University (DU) drew to a close on Wednesday with the university coming out with its third merit list late in the day. However, with the required percentage dropping only slightly in the third cut-off list as well, students have now started turning their attention towards off-campus colleges to seek admission.

A number of students, who had earlier claimed that the brand name of the college mattered, seemed to have undergone a change in their thinking, with many now stating that it was the course that mattered - a reason due to which they were willing to consider off-campus colleges as an option.

“I think it’s extremely important to look at the course that you want to pursue instead of the college or how big a name it has. If you take up a course because of the college, and do not perform well, then it does not serve the purpose. I would rather study something that I know I will excel in than hang on to the brand value of the college,” said Kriti Sharma, a political science aspirant at Zakir Husain College.

Principals, too, suggested that even though campus colleges had a traditional academic feel to them, off-campus colleges were just as academically sound as any other college on campus.

“There is a problem with public perception. The campus colleges are some of the oldest colleges and are located in a cluster in Maurice Nagar. The environment there is largely academic. However, the syllabi and exam pattern are the same for both campus and off-campus colleges. So much so that off-campus colleges have produced better results than campus colleges in the past. The infrastructure in the laboratories also is much better than most colleges,” said SK Garg, principal, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College.

Though off-campus colleges have also been cautious in lowering their cut-offs for admission, they are yet to witness a large number of students flocking them for admission.