For students applying to Delhi University, the big battle is to decide on whether to opt for the college or course of choice. Many will sacrifice course to study in a campus college. However, those mulling over which colleges to apply to should take a closer look at the off-campus colleges. With good course and state-of-the-art facilities, ‘less popular’ colleges of DU are riding a popularity crest.
Ram Lal Anand College in South Campus has been consistently producing English toppers over the last decade. Besides English, its microbiology and computer science courses are also very popular. “Our English (H) graduates have been doing very well for themselves. While some have gone to do PG, others have successfully done management or gone abroad for further studies,” said Principal D.K. Pabby.
Ram Lal’s debating society has also won laurels for the college. “In sports we excel in kabbadi and have some good athletes,” added Pabby. Applicants who want to excel in science and research should take a look at Acharya Narendra Dev College (ANDC), Kalkaji. With state-of-art lab equipment and emphasis on research and workshops, ANDC more than makes up for the ‘off-campus’ tag. It is also one of the three colleges to offer BSc (H) Biomedical Science.
“Students cannot be taught only through theory. We ensure teachers conduct summer workshops for science students. Our commerce students are at present doing summer training in banking and insurance companies,” said Savithri Singh, principal.
Also in demand are Electronics (H), Physics (H) and Zoology (H). Last year, Deen Dayal Upadhyay College emerged as the second most popular college for BSc Computer Science with 9,809 applicants. A lesser known college like Swami Shraddhanand managed to reach the list of top 10 colleges for its science courses in Zoology and Physics.
Keshav Mahavidyalaya in Pitampura boasts of an excellent computer lab, air conditioned auditorium and good placement for students. “Computer Science, electronics and commerce are our strong areas. We have had six gold medallists in computer science,” said Principal K.P. Chinda.
The college also has an 80-seat women’s hostel and began a Bachelor in Business Studies (BBS) last year. For professional courses in Applied Sciences, Saheed Rajguru College and Bhaskaracharya College are top of the list although both are situated far away from either North or South campus. They offer electronics, food technology, instrumentation, polymer science, biomedical science and microbiology among others. “All students have to study basic sciences in the first year because all fields today are inter-disciplinary,” said S. Lakshmi Devi, principal of Saheed Rajguru. “Students also have to do a paper in human communication and computer programming, apart from two-part industry training of eight weeks each,” Devi said.
The options for students are plenty. “An instrumentation student can go into pharmacy, health care, computer science, electronics, biomedical instruments, clinical research etc,” Devi said. “Since the industry already knows the work of our students placements become very easy,” she said, adding the demand for trained personnel in these areas was immense.
Experts advise students should check out college infrastructure and courses without judging them on the basis of geographical location. “A lot of students want to study in campus colleges and are willing to sacrifice the course of their choice. This is wrong since students will do well in subjects they have an aptitude for irrespective of the college,” said Rajendra Prasad, principal, Ramjas College.