For aspirants hoping to get admission in Delhi University the burning question, like every year, seems to be which one to choose - course or college. Most calls on the university helpline and open days are about choosing course over college or vice versa.
"After last year's cut-offs, this is the second most popular question. Students have this notion that one particular college is better than the other and they will be better students if they go there," said a student counsellor who operates the helpline and also answers questions during the open days.
Be it counsellors, university administrators or teachers, all are clear that if the choice is between course and college, one should always go for the course.
"You have to listen to what your heart says. Every college is the same and faculty in one college is as good as those in the other. Colleges become irrelevant but if you study what you like it will benefit you," said Dinesh Singh, vice-chancellor, DU.
In DU in the past decade, toppers have come from different colleges. Ram Lal Anand has produced many toppers in English (honours). In Journalism, Kamla Nehru College has consistently been doing better than Lady Shri Ram College, which is thought to be a better college by many.
"A large number of students have heard only of a handful of Delhi University colleges, most of which are in the North Campus. Most other colleges are not even present on the student's radar," said Dinesh Larceny, deputy dean, Students' Welfare, DU.
There are 61 colleges in DU but most students fail to name more than 10. Being in a popular college, for many, has more to do about image.
"If I tell my family and friends that I am in an off campus college that no one has heard of, I will be ridiculed," said Rohan Khanna, who passed class 12 this year. But this trend is dangerous according to Varshney.
"Students get trapped in this pointless race between college and course not realising that at the end of the day, each student will get a degree from Delhi University,” he added.
But students, especially those who want to work after graduation, also have some genuine fears. "If I go to a lesser known college my chances of getting places are hampered as big companies don't come to these colleges. If they come they would offer lesser salary,” said Minakshi K, who want to study Economics (honours) at LSR College.
Deadline extended for journalism course
Delhi University has decided to extend the last date of submission of application forms for BA (Hons.) Journalism from June 5 to June 8. Students are being given these three extra days, as many boards haven't declared their results as yet.
"Also, since June 5 was a Sunday and making payment through the bank would have been difficult," said Sangit Raagi, nodal officer for the combined exam. So far 800 forms have been received and another 600 are under process. "We are expecting more than 4,000 students to apply," said Raagi. Five colleges offer the course in the university and offer a total of 181 seats. Students can apply online only by logging on to journalismdu.admissionhelp.com
To most, a degree in electronics from DU might appear like the easier substitute for an engineering degree. But the rigour is no less.
Papers like mechanics and strength of materials, electricity and magnetism, modern physics and quantum mechanics, modern optics and opto-electronics and microprocessor and microcomputer technology gives students a strong grounding in the subject and prepares them well for further competition.
“Any course, no matter how big or small, must be pursued from a reputed university. A degree in electronics from DU is far more valuable than an engineering degree from an average college," says Dikshant Bag, a final year student at Hansraj College.
"To us, this course is almost at par with an engineering course, but far more empowering than a regular B.Sc. course. We get to know a lot about modern machines, which is usually not taught otherwise. It keeps us up to date with the latest technology and how each of them actually works," he added.
“For inherently curious students who enjoy dismantling appliances and putting them back again, electronics (honours) is a very good course. The first year is a mix of concepts in physics, just like in engineering. From the second year on the focus shifts primarily to electronics," said Gulshan Sawhney, who teaches at Atma Ram Sanatan Dharm College.
Under the semester course, the number of papers has gone up and the course has become more rigorous. The scope of the course is also high. Jobs in the electronics industry are plenty.
"But it is always better to do masters in electronics before taking on a job as the job opportunities are better and an MSc in electronics is almost at par with an M. Tech degree," said Sawhney. (Mallica Joshi)