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Eng(H) is what women want

While judging the popularity of an institution is a little tricky, gauging the popularity of a course is not. The women’s colleges, it seems, are most sought after for the English (Honours) course. Ritika Chopra reports.Spl: Campus Calling

delhi Updated: Jun 22, 2008 02:48 IST
Ritika Chopra

The information collated from Delhi University’s centralised admission forms has thrown up some intriguing results for women’s colleges affiliated to the varsity. A few unexpected names, it seems, have started ascending the popularity ladder.

Daulat Ram College is way ahead in the race of maximum applications. The college has received a total of 91,667 applications for all its courses. Gargi College takes the second spot with 85,337 and is followed by Maitreyi College with 85,271 applications. A lesser number of students seem to have to opted for courses in Miranda House and Lady Shri Ram College (LSR) as they have notched up total application figures of 77,435 and 65,268, respectively. The data analysis does not include Jesus and Mary College as it does not accept any student through the common form.

“There is a duplication of candidates in these figures as one student could have applied to all the courses offered by a college. So, to make interpretation easier, one can say the total figure for any one college is actually the total choices exercised by the applicants for the respective college,” said Deputy Dean Students’ Welfare, DU Gurpreet Singh Tuteja.

However, colleges feel these figures need to be interpreted carefully as they are not true indicators of the popularity of an institution. “One cannot compare institutions just on the basis of the number of applications because all 20 colleges offer different number of courses. So, while other institutions have science subjects, we don’t. Moreover, the high cut-off marks for admission in LSR could also be a deterrent for several candidates,” said Dr. Kanika Khandelwal, media coordinator, LSR.

While judging the popularity of an institution is a little tricky, gauging the popularity of a course is not. The women’s colleges, it seems, are most sought after for the English (Honours) course. On an average, all the 15 institutions offering the course have received the maximum applications for this subject. With 12,780 applications Gargi College is the preferred choice among the students. Indraprastha (IP) College for Women and LSR follow closely with 12,656 and 12,501, respectively.

B.A. Programme is not lagging too far behind on the popularity chart. IP College has emerged as the most viable and accessible choice as it has received 9,903 applications. Gargi College and Daulat Ram are next in line with 9,444 and 9,339 respectively. Commenting on the popularity of IP College’s B.A. Programme Manasvini Yogi, media coordinator of the College, said, “Our B.A. Programme course is becoming popular and this is the reason why our cut-off has not fallen below 79 per cent in the last two years. The present curriculum of the course has a lot to do with its increasing popularity.”

In the B.Com (H) category, LSR, Gargi College and Daulat Ram College are among the top three choices.