This year, it seems, DU aspirants have developed a flair for languages. Colleges have reported an increase in the number of admissions in language courses as compared to the last couple of years.
At Zakir Husain College, for instance, the number of enrollments for Arabic have increased. The college offers BA in Arabic, Bengali, Persian, Sanskrit and Urdu.
"Generally, we admit students in languages after the release of third cut-off lists. But this year, we have already admitted 10 girls in Arabic," said Aslam Parvaiz, principal, Zakir Husain College.
He added that more girls are interested in Arabic. "It was a pleasure to know that students want to revive these languages. They are not pursuing the subject just to get a lucrative job," said Parvaiz. Students who have studied Urdu in Class 10 and 12 can take admission in BA Arabic and Persian.
An upward trend was also noticed in the Bengali course in Kirori Mal College. The college has admitted 11 students this year so far, compared to five students in the last academic session.
"The cut-off for this programme is low and students interested in making a career in literature seek admission in Bengali," said Dr Sipra Choudhary associate professor, Kirori Mal College. Those who have studied Bengali from Class 8 onwards can take admission in the course.
Other colleges that offer language programmes are Mata Sundri College for Women and SGTB Khalsa College (Punjabi) and Sri Venkateswara College (Tamil and Telugu).
Many colleges also offer courses for BA programme students in European languages. JMC offers French and Spanish in combination with courses like English and sociology.
Most colleges now run certificate courses in French, Spanish and Russian. "These languages are a rage amongst students, particularly amongst those who want to go abroad to pursue higher studies," said a teacher at JMC.