Several thousand aspirants from across the country are vying for some of Delhi University’s most coveted courses and colleges.
Yet, the sizeable number that may not make the cut could be missing out on the next best option — the varsity’s 10 evening colleges.
Officials maintain that the opportunities available to an evening scholar are no different from those provided to students who attend classes during the day.
Students, however, don’t seem to agree. “My family wants me to graduate from a good college. But studying from an evening college is not an option because of its low social acceptance. I will try to see if my name is on the third or fourth cut-off list of a regular college. If not, I will have to look for something else,” said Amit Kakkar, an aspirant.
The officials said the attitude was a result of evening colleges being synonymous with poor performers. This, they said, had changed over the years.
Today, evening colleges permit students to take up part-time jobs and additional courses as classes are held between 4pm and 7.30pm.
At the end of the three years, the degrees that these students get from DU are identical to the ones given to day scholars. “Earlier, students who were low on merit took admissions in an evening college. This has changed,” said Gulshan Sawhney, deputy dean of student welfare at DU.
Students who had graduated from DU’s evening colleges also felt that the schedule left them with more time. “In the second year, I began using the morning hours to prepare for CAT,” said Mayank Anand, an ex-student of Ram Lal Anand evening college.
The officials added that the students who enrolled in evening colleges would be eligible to participate in all cultural activities.
“A student from an evening college gets equal opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities. They just need to pay a nominal fee — which is part of their college fees — and register themselves with the cultural cell, so that they can participate in any of its activities,” said Suchitra Gupta, deputy dean of student welfare (cultural affairs), DU.