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Evening colleges get their due

With cut-offs all set to soar, evening colleges are emerging as an option for those who want to pursue the course of their choice. Safety, however, remains a concern. Shaswati Das reports.

delhi Updated: Jun 09, 2011 23:11 IST
Shaswati Das

The declaration of the first cut-off list is just a few days away. And this year, too, the cut-offs are expected to only go north. This has led many aspirants to explore the opportunities provided by an evening college.

For girls, especially, opportunities are ripe, with some evening colleges like Ramanujan (Deshbandhu College-evening), PGDAV and Motilal Nehru College offering them a 2-5% relaxation in cut-off marks.

"I may not make it through a morning college as I haven't scored very well in Class 12 exams. So, I am ready to pursue a course from an evening college as at least I will study a subject of my choice," said Nikhil Katyal, who has applied to Dyal Singh evening college.

Weighing future prospects of students from morning and evening colleges, authorities maintain that there is complete uniformity as far as evaluation system and job opportunities are concerned. "All teachers in evening colleges are registered by UGC. The examination pattern is the same and the evaluation is centralised. Once students pass out from an evening college, they are at par with those from day colleges," said BK Sharma, Principal, Motilal Nehru evening college.

Sharma further said that the degree issued by DU does not carry the name of the college and thus, there is no difference between students who pass out from morning and evening colleges.

Pass-outs from evening colleges also feel that they got more time to prepare for entrances for post-graduation, while other pursue part-time jobs. "I used the morning hours to prepare for CAT. The time I got in the mornings was very vital. At the same time, I pursued a course as sought after as Economics (honours)," said Mayank Anand, a pass-out of Ram Lal Anand evening college.

For Anand, there was also no marked difference between teaching methodologies either. All professors were as qualified as those in the day colleges and there was no difference in the kind of assignments and tutorials provided to evening college students.

However, concerns remain about how safe the evening colleges are. "The entire South Campus stretch from Ram Lal Anand College to Sri Venkateswara gets very desolate in evening. This is a huge deterrent for women as there are fewer autos and buses plying during this time. So, my parents are not comfortable about me attending an evening college," said Ayesha Sharma, an aspirant.

However, with the new DU South Campus bus service being launched, students' safety concerns will get addressed, says the university.

"The bus will start from Jor Bagh metro station and will cover the entire South Campus stretch. As many students will travel on this route for evening colleges, the frequency of the buses will be increased to 15 minutes, till as late as 8pm," said Dinesh Varshney, deputy dean of students’ welfare, South Campus.