Priyanshi Malhotra, who studied BCom (hons) from Shaheed Bhagat Singh (Evening) College talks about her decision to choose an evening college and why she thinks the decision was worth it. Excerpts from an interview.
Why did you choose to join an evening college?
Having scored 92% in Class 12, I was hoping to get into a well-known morning college, but decided to choose Shaheed Bhagat Singh (Evening) College after much deliberation. The common notion is that only low scorers and mostly male students opt for evening colleges but this is no longer true. When I went to take admission in the college, I was reassured by the teachers about the academic quality and environment of the college. It also had a very comfortable timing of 2pm to 6pm.
How do you see evening colleges changing over the years?
We now see students scoring above 90% but still being unable to get admission to evening colleges. This means that the cream of the student population is looking at these colleges as an option. Talking about extra-curricular activities, if I were to take an example of my college, our college’s dramatic society Sangharsh is one of the best in the university with students winning several competitions round the year. The college’s placements have also improved with companies such as E&Y and ICICI Prudential visiting our campus.
Should DU have more evening colleges?
Definitely. Having more evening colleges will help more students secure seats in DU keeping in mind the high cut-offs. Evening colleges are also a good option for outstation students who want to work or take up additional study programmes with regular studies. I pursued a language course and did internships along with studies and love my college for allowing me to manage this.
What kind of facilities are offered by your college?
The infrastructure is well-maintained. During my three years, I have seen a new building for the evening block come up to accommodate all students. The campus is WiFi enabled, has a well-stocked library and computer labs. The classrooms are equipped with projectors and screens. Upgrades are done regularly.
How do you compare the results of evening college students with those of morning college students?
I think they are similar. There is only a difference of 4% to 5% in the Class 12 scores of students joining morning and evening colleges and this means that the performance in the evening college is good. I have been placed in Ernst and Young’s Global Delivery Network India. I am looking forward to working with the company and I am also pursuing the CPA course offered by them.