Female aspirants applying to Delhi University (DU), who usually make a beeline for all North Campus colleges, are changing course and heading to an all-girls' college.
This — several aspirants said — was primarily to get rid of the feeling of insecurity that gripped them within the city.
Most students opting for such only girls' college over conventional campus colleges are from outside Delhi and hail from various parts of the country. The students claimed it was the feeling of safety in an all-girls' environment that appealed most to them and was influencing their choice of cradles.
"Given how unsafe the city has become, it is preferable to attend an all-girls' college because safety is usually higher around these colleges, with police patrol cars stationed outside the gates," said Kim Gyatso, a Delhi University aspirant from the north-east.
Yet, some others argued that it was the feeling of greater academic seriousness and competition in girls' college that was proving to be the decisive factor for them.
"I have studied in both a co-educational as well as an all girls' school. I have always felt the level of academic seriousness is much higher in an all girls' institution. It is for this very reason that I prefer to study in a girls' college," said Bharti Mittal, who has applied for Jesus and Mary College and is planning to apply to all other girls' colleges. Some colleges, however, claimed that that not only was security in an all-girls' environment tighter, but academics too, was well-rounded.