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Confused about college? Of course

The great DU course-versus-college dilemma — an annual phenomenon observed after the cut-offs are announced — haunted students on the first day of admissions. HT Correspondent reports.

delhi Updated: Jun 27, 2009 00:28 IST
HT Correspondent

The great DU course-versus-college dilemma — an annual phenomenon observed after the cut-offs are announced — haunted students on the first day of admissions.

Hundreds of aspirants found themselves debating over what they should choose — an apt course or a desirable institution.

Experts suggest the former should be your priority. Especially, if you have figured out the profession you want to pursue a career in.

This year there are about 49,000 seats on offer at DU across 63 colleges, which declared their first cut-off list on Thursday.

Every year, several students compromise on the course front to study at a popular college.

“I noticed many Commerce students — with scores between seventies and early eighties — taking admission in Philosophy (Honours),” said Meera Ramachandran, principal, Gargi College.

“I was a little surprised and I wondered if they were doing it just to study at our college.”

Career counsellor Pervin Malhotra has two different takes on the course-Vs-college issue.

“If you are dead sure about the path you are going to choose then it’s wise not to make the mistake of preferring the institution over the course,” she said.

“If you want to pursue a career in finance but study philosophy in college then you don’t stand a chance in hell to achieve your dream,” she added.

“You spend just three years in a college. But the course remains with you for the rest of your life. Doesn’t it make sense to opt for something with benefits for life?” said SK Vij, dean, students’ welfare, DU.

According to Vij, studying a subject for which you do not have an aptitude just for sake of being associated with a prestigious institution could not only harm your career but also impact your performance.

But what about students who haven’t yet decided on what they want to do in life? Would the course-over-college principle hold for them as well?

“A student by now should have developed a broad view of what he or she wants to do. Otherwise, there are several scientific tests which one could take to discover where his/her aptitude lies. However, if a child is still clueless then its best to opt a course which gives him/her an option of diversifying into more than one profession,” said Malhotra.

“DU’s BA, for example, is a great option where you can study a number of subjects and that doesn’t limit your career options,” she added.