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The choice is yours, really

It’s raining advice and suggestions at home right now. Your parents want you to go for engineering, reports Avishek G Dastidar.

delhi Updated: May 26, 2007 03:47 IST
Avishek G Dastidar

It’s raining advice and suggestions at home right now. Your parents want you to go for engineering because that guarantees a nice future and you have always been good in the science subjects. Your friends tell you to go for the much-envied English-honours at St. Stephen’s because you have topped the subject and stand a good chance of clearing the cutoff.

Amid this confusion, do you have it in you to ignore the bandwagon and vie for a seat in Psychology because that is what YOU always wanted?

Delhi University has always had students who looked beyond the obvious while opting for a course. It may not be a popular club, but its members could not be happier.

Meet Upasana Sil, a first-year student at Hindu College. She was one of the toppers in her school last year, scoring 91 per cent in Commerce. Her parents rejoiced because it was they who had wanted her to take up the stream.

But after XII, Upasana decided it was time to listen to her heart. Defying loads of advice to go for B.Com-Honours, she took up Sociology at Hindu. “I could have got B.Com honours at the best colleges but I took Sociology. It may not be the most popular, but it is no less interesting than the so-called ‘cool’ courses,” she quips when asked if it was an easy choice. “I have to study for three long years, so it had to be a subject I liked,” she says.

When it came to going for the course of her liking, nothing could come in Supriya’s way, not even her rare feat of scoring 100 in English in Class XII last year. She opted for Zoology at Hindu College. “A 100 in English was just about doing well in one exam. That had nothing to do with my overall ambition, which lay in Zoology,” Supriya says.

Principal of Sanskriti School, Gawri Ishwaran says it pays to go for a course of your choice even if it means settling for a not-so-popular college. The good news is, more and more students are following their hearts these days, he says. “Children know that if they are good, they will shine no matter which college they go to.”

Anushree Shiroor, a second-year student of Lady Irwin College, is a bright example of this breed.

“Friends in school used to make fun of me after I took Home Science classes seriously. They still say I could have been a good doctor or engineer,” she smiles. “But I wanted to be a nutritionist all along,” says this former Science student who scored 90 per cent in Class XII.

It is this loyalty to one’s dream that fuels this growing club. Membership is open. Question is, will you sign up this year?

avishek.dastidar@hindustantimes.com