Delhi University might be the first choice for students all over the country but this year other universities in the capital have also seen a huge rush. This year, Indraprastha University and Jamia Milia Islamia registered an increase of 20-30% in the number of applications.
Delhi University on the other hand has seen a dip in the number of applications it received. The two different statistics might not have any connection — given the chance of getting admission to a top rung DU college, no student would settle for anything else.
However, the figures also show that students are also exploring other alternatives. The Indraprastha University has received about 1.25 lakh applications this year for the 10,000 seats it provides for different programmes, an increase of about 22% from last year.
The University was formed in 1998 by the Government of NCT of Delhi and offers only professional courses. The Jamia Millia Islamia, a Central University, has registered an increase of 30% in the number of application it received this year.
The University authorities ascribe the increase to the popularity of the courses offered by it. "Students are more career oriented these days and are looking at options other than the Delhi University," said Prof. K.K. Aggarwal, Vice Chancellor, IP University.
"DU only offers some professional courses, that is why students who want to pursue professional courses are attracted towards us," he said. The University offers 52 programmes in 6 University School of Studies and 86 affiliated institutes.
The Engineering courses are the most popular in the University, followed by its MBBS programme, B.Ed, LLB and the Bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communication, which has become one of the hottest courses.
"Though the figures are overlapping as most who apply in DU also apply here but increasingly more students are applying only in IP University. This is because courses like Physiotherapy and BBA are only offered by us and those who want to study them do not go to DU," he said.
"The increase is not sudden but gradual. We had witnessed an increase of 15% in the number of applications last year. More alternatives are only good for the students," he said.
With the increase in number of applications, the University is also on an expansion mode. Two new campuses in Dwarka and Surajmal Vihar would be opened in about two years.
New courses like M.Tech (Physics), LLM, Computer Science and PG Diploma in Electronic Media have been introduced and others like Library Science are in the pipeline.
Officials of the Jamia Millia Islamia also say that the popularity of their courses are increasing and so are the number of students who want to study there. "We have witnessed an increase in the number of applicants this year. The students are attracted towards us because the number of good courses that we offer and the quality of our teaching," said Dr. Faizan Ahmad, Dean, Student's Welfare, JMI.
JMI is also planning to increase the number of seats in the University and upgrade a host of other facilities.