Parents prefer all-girls colleges for daughters
Though the top rung colleges include co-ed colleges such as Shri Ram College of Commerce, Hindu, Hansraj and Ramjas, a large percentage of girls are ready to give up a seat here in favour of an all-girls college. Shefali Saxena & Vartika Soeny report.india Updated: Jun 20, 2012 23:58 IST
All-girls colleges seem to be a popular option among Delhi University (DU) aspirants and their parents this year.
Though the top rung colleges include co-ed colleges such as Shri Ram College of Commerce, Hindu, Hansraj and Ramjas, a large percentage of girls are ready to give up a seat here in favour of an all-girls college.
Sixteen out of the total 61 colleges in DU are all girls’ colleges.
“Delhi is unsafe, so I want my daughter to go to an all-girls’ college, which are more disciplined,” said Mamta Khanna, the mother of an aspiring DU candidate.
“When it comes to my daughter’s security, girls colleges are a better choice,” said Satwinder Kaur, the mother of another DU aspirant.
Many candidates felt that girls’ colleges would give them the opportunity to wear whatever they wanted. “I think it will easier for me to adjust in an all-girls college in Delhi, as I will be able to wear whatever I want to and not be stared at. In co-ed colleges, I would feel uncomfortable,” said Tanushree Nayyar, a resident of Gurgaon.
Girls studying in co-educational colleges, however, disagreed.
“College prepares us for life, and after we graduate we will be working with both sexes. It is a myth that students in co-ed colleges are not studious or disciplined. All that matters is that the space is gender sensitive,” said Ketki Mehra, who graduated from St Stephen’s College.