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Girls opt for evening colleges

With cut-offs rising each year in colleges women students are heading towards evening colleges.

education Updated: Jun 10, 2006 16:10 IST

With cut-offs rising each year in prestigious colleges like Miranda House and LSR, women students are heading towards evening colleges. In the last three years, there has been a 25 per cent increase and principals attribute this rise to flexible study hours and presence of women teachers.

Dean of Colleges Shirin Rathore said, “Evening colleges were started with the concept of making them convenient for professionals or working students. Changes in the time of college functioning also contributed to this. Earlier, evening colleges would open at 4 pm and continue till 7 pm. Now, the doors are opened at 2.30 pm. This makes travelling more convenient for women.” 
 
“There are 40 per cent women students in my college,” said Dyal Singh (Eve) College Principal Dr Deepak Malhotra. “The cut-offs here are low compared to women’s colleges in DU.”

The choice of most preferred courses has also undergone a big change.
“Earlier, women would prefer courses like history or philosophy. But now they are keen to pursue an MBA or a career in finance so Bcom (Pass) and B com (Hons) are suddenly the most sought after. Of course traditional courses like English (Hons) and Political Science (Hons) also have many takers,” said another evening college principal.

This factor has also led to the increasing number of women students.
Zakir Hussain (Eve) College for instance, is going an extra mile and is upgrading its security system by deploying more guards around the college.

“Women need to feel safe and we will leave no stone unturned for this,” said college principal SA Hameedin.