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Evening colleges order of the day

india Updated: Jul 04, 2012 02:33 IST
Shaswati Das

With most seats in day colleges already taken, students who have not been able to make the cut so far, are making a mad dash for evening colleges.

The third cut-off list shows that seats in many popular Humanities courses are still available in evening colleges.

Moti Lal Nehru, PGDAV, Ram Lal Anand and Zakir Husain colleges still have vacant seats in courses such as BA (Programme), Economics (Hons), History (Hons) and Political Science (Hons). The cut-off percentage for these courses is between 45 and 91.

“This year, evening colleges are getting a very good response. In our college, we have over-admitted students by 30% and have filled up nearly 850 seats,” Deepak Malhotra, principal, Dyal Singh College (evening) said, adding, “An evening college is just as good as a morning college, as the faculty and opportunities are exactly the same.”

For most students, however, evening colleges are still the second choice.

“I had hoped to pursue History (Hons) at one of the morning colleges, but the cut-offs were too high. Now, I’ve taken admission in an evening college for the same course. I didn’t want to opt for a course such as BA Programme just because I was getting a seat in a popular college,” said Sambhav Shukla, an aspirant.

The situation, however, is diametrically opposite for science students. Even though some colleges such as Sri Venkateswara College, Hansraj and Hindu have seats left in the popular science courses, there are very few takers.

“We received only one admission each in Chemistry (Hons), Botany (Hons) and Biological Sciences, and two admissions in Zoology (Hons),” said VCS Rao, media coordinator, Sri Venkateswara College.

Students claimed that the marginal reduction in cut-offs was proving to be a dampener.

“If every subsequent cut-off list sees only a marginal reduction in percentages, it defeats the purpose of bringing out an additional list. We are hoping that there is at least another 1% reduction in science cut-offs in colleges that still have seats left,” said Vivek Ahuja, an aspirant.