In Delhi University, girls generally shied away from commerce and economics courses. So much so that a couple of years ago, SRCC even thought of introducing a quota to get more girls on its campus. But things have taken a U-turn this year. Not only are more girls joining these courses but they are also edging boys out.
In SRCC, 52 girls have enrolled for BA (H) economics as against 24 boys. In BCom (H), 120 girls have enrolled as opposed to 102 boys. "A few years ago, we thought of offering girls a quota to encourage them to join SRCC. There were only a couple of girls around," said PC Jain, principal, SRCC. No quota was required. "These girls are here on merit," he said.
The scene is almost similar in Hindu and Hans Raj. In Hans Raj, it is a 60:40 ratio in favour of girls. "Until last year, almost an equal number of boys and girls enrolled for BCom (H) and BA economics. But this year, more girls have got in," said SR Arora, principal of Hans Raj. Of the 142 students enrolled for BCom (H) here, 86 are girls.
"I have signed more enrolment forms for girls this year than ever before," said Kavita Sharma, principal, Hindu College. Though the enrolment figures in Hindu have been comparatively low because of high cutoff marks, girls managed to outdo boys: 28 girls and 21 boys have enrolled for economics, and 21 girls and 18 boys for BCom (H).
Boys are not getting an even deal even in other subjects. "The overall enrolment figure of girls is higher than that of boys," said an official in Hindu College. "Of 411 students admitted so far, 250 are girls."
Why this newfound enthusiasm for 'eco' and commerce? They open more career options than before -- and girls have smartly changed their choices.