They are no longer considered the last option for study.
Evening colleges of Delhi University, which initially began for working people, have turned a new leaf.
Evening colleges are much in demand and now have regular students. Their results have improved drastically and students have also made their mark in sports and ECA.
Admission to evening colleges is reserved for those having at least a first division in their board exams. In fact some of these colleges close their admissions after the second list and have cut offs as high as 85 percent for some courses.
“After my first year, I had enough marks to migrate to a morning college. But I realised I was not losing out on any opportunities here,” said Mazibur Rehman, student of BA Programme at PGDAV evening college.
Students from evening colleges are also topping the university merit lists. Last year, three out of the ten toppers of English (H) were from Dyal Singh Evening College. Ram Lal Anand (Evening) has had its name in the Bachelors of Business Economics merit list for the last three years.
“A host of honours courses have been introduced in evening colleges in addition to the traditional pass programs. We have introduced two professional courses recently —Bachelors in Elementary Education and Bachelors in English journalism,” said Deepak Malhotra, principal of Dyal Singh (Evening).
The colleges have set up career guidance and placement cells to cater to the needs of their students.
Not to be left behind in sports, Motilal Nehru evening college has won the University football championship thrice since 2006.
RLA (evening) boasts of having Pradeep Sangwan, one of their current students, in the Delhi Daredevils team. Dyal Singh evening college has won more than 150 awards in theatre, choreography, debates and art in the various College festivals that took place last year.
“More evening colleges could very well be an answer to the rising demand for quality education, as it takes much lesser funds to start an evening college than establishing a new institution,” Malhotra said.
The only limitation is their inability to provide science courses due to lack of labs.
“Evening colleges start at 2 pm and the science practicals for morning colleges take time to wind up. So science courses cannot be run in both shifts of the college,” SC Sharma, Principal, Motilal Evening College.