Commerce may have emerged as the most popular course at co-educational institutions, but colleges for women have a different story to tell.
A quick analysis of the centralised forms shows applications for the English (Honours) course overtaking Commerce and B.A. Programme applications. The fairer sex clearly has a sharper inclination for literature.
"Things work a little differently as far girls are concerned. Their academic preferences seem different and it usually tips in favour of humanities," said Gurpreet Singh Tuteja, deputy dean, students' welfare, DU. "So the trend in women colleges is also removed from what one observes at co-educational institutions."
Defying the general trend, top-notch institutions such as Gargi College, Lady Shri Ram, Miranda House, and IP College have a greater number of candidates seeking admission for the course in English (Honours).
"This course works for female students as it is most suited for the careers they want to pursue," said Pratibha Jolly, principal, Miranda House. "Girls usually opt for HR, PR, academics, IAS and MBA and a degree in English (Honours) helps if one wants to pursue any of them."
“The frenzy for a career in media has also increased the popularity of the course," she added.
While Gargi College, which offers 41 seats in English (H), has received 13,000 applications in the general category through the common pre-admission forms, Lady Shri Ram has had 12,700 candidates (of general category) applying for the same through the common form.
B.Com (Honours) and B.A. Programme fall behind with 12,600 and 10,500 applications, respectively.
In its first list for English last year, Miranda House had posted hefty cutoffs - between 94 per cent and 88 per cent - for commerce, humanities and science students. This year, the college has received around 12,600 applications through the common forms.
The B.A. Programme, in the mean while, secured 10,700 applications.
"The study of English Literature is interdisciplinary. While teaching a particular text, a teacher brings in aspects of history, politics, sociology and one even does a bit of psychoanalysis to study the writer," said Meera Ramachandran, Principal Gargi College.