It isn’t just cutoff scores, the minimum percentage one needs to have to qualify for a course or college, that weigh on the minds of students as they go about the task of choosing a college.
When a student picks a college, he/she is more often than not being guided by what his/her parents feel about it, its closeness to home and its composition, whether it’s all-women or both-sex. For Mehek Kakkar, a student of St. Thomas School, the choice of college was made some 20 years ago when her aunt graduated from Miranda House. “At once I decided on Miranda House as my preferred college because of the fantastic experience my aunt had there. My mother was also keen that I study there,” said Kakkar.
For Rakesh Kapoor, who lives in Gurgaon, Sri Venkateswara College is the preferred option for his son. “My son has 93 per cent and wants to study B.Com. honours. Although Sri Venkateswara’s cutoff is high at 95 per cent I am hoping the second list will accommodate him,” said Kapoor.
Some of the best colleges under DU, such as Lady Sri Ram, Jesus and Mary, Miranda House, Indraprastha, Kamla Nehru, Gargi and Maitreyi are all-women colleges.
But a lot of girls don’t want to miss out on the experience a coeducational college provides. “It’s fun to be studying in a coed college. After studying in a girls school for 12 years I want to have some fun,” said Monica Jain, a student of Mater Dei School.
A women college principal, who spoke on condition of anonymity, echoed her sentiments. “Once the second list comes out many girls despite having secured admission under the first list move to coed colleges,” she said.
For many students belonging to financially poor families, there is often no choice. “Many girls with good scores are allotted prestigious colleges like LSR under quota. But they prefer to go to a college like Vivekananda,” said Suman Verma, Deputy Dean (students’ welfare). “Moreover, they are unable to slip into the culture of popular colleges and feel uncomfortable,” he said.