Even after scoring 95 per cent in Economics and an overall 86.5 per cent in her Class XII Boards, Delhi University aspirant Nikita Sharma is spending sleepless nights.
“The low Maths score pulled my percentage down and going by the cut-off trends, I will not get admission in Economics (Honours),” said Sharma.
The good performance of Class XII students in the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) examinations this year has meant the cut-offs for admission to the undergraduate courses in DU are expected to soar this year.
With over 40 courses in 61 colleges to choose from, the course-versus-college dilemma has taken centrestage.
One might argue that Sharma’s percentage is good enough for admission to Economics (Honours). “But I want to study in a good college and not any college that offers Economics (Honours). I am now hoping to secure admission in English (Honours) in either St Stephen’s, Miranda House or Hindu College,” she said.
Many, like Sharma, feel that a good college can act as a passport to their future prospects. “Taking admission into a good college opens up many opportunities as well as an exciting campus life. Besides academics, the college helps groom one’s personality through the various clubs and societies it has,” said Rohit Sinha, another applicant.
But others, like Shefali Jain, feel that choosing the right course is important. “At the end of the day, everyone will get a degree from Delhi University, no matter which college one chooses. How does a college matter if I score well?” she said.
Teachers too feel that the interest in course should take precedence over college. “All the colleges of the university have teachers and courses of the same level. At the end of the day, even if you are in the best college and score a 40 per cent, it will not help,” said PC Jain, principal of Shri Ram College of Commerce. Dinesh Varshney, deputy dean, students’ welfare, South Campus, feels the division between ‘good’ and ‘not-so-good colleges’ is illusionary. “The colleges have the same infrastructural facilities, so the students need not fret over colleges but should give priority to courses.”
Yet for others, the choice of course and college is determined by factors such as distance and gender. “I stay in Uttam Nagar (West Delhi) and I plan to take admission in Rajdhani or Shivaji College. My parents are apprehensive about colleges which are far-off,” said Vishakha Sharma, an applicant.