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Commerce popular with outstation students

education Updated: Jul 06, 2006 11:36 IST

Delhi University colleges receive a sizeable chunk of students from outside Delhi. This is particularly true of the more popular colleges. But improving results in NCR seems to be bucking that trend.

St Stephen’s College and several others report having taken more Delhi students this year compared to earlier academic terms. “We have more Delhi students this year. Of the total 400 students admitted, 270 are from Delhi. Normally, the number of outstation students is higher,” said Anil Wilson, principal St Stephen’s College.

A similar trend is also witnessed at colleges like Hindu, Hans Raj and IP. Colleges say this could be due to the better performance of Delhi students in the Board exams this year.

The highest number of students with over 90 per cent marks in their CBSE Class XII exams were from Delhi region. While at Hindu 60 per cent of the students are from Delhi, at Hansraj they account for 60 per cent of the admissions.

The pattern, however, is disrupted when it comes to the popular BCom (H) and Economics (H) courses. Here more students from states like Tamil Nadu and West Bengal seem to have got in.

In SRCC only 110 students from Delhi have managed to find a place as against 203 outstation ones. “We get a lot of students from Chennai and Kolkata. Their marks are very high,” said PC Jain, principal SRCC.

But what explains the relatively smaller number of Delhi students in commerce and economics courses? First, commerce stream results have not been very good. Second, because of the high demand, cutoff marks for commerce and economics have been extremely high.

College officials say students who have appeared for their Class XII exams under certain state boards score extremely high marks which CBSE students are not able to counter.