All over the city, students are puzzling over colleges and courses. While some are spoilt for choice, others are finding it hard to find a way into a field of their choice. One example of this, strangely enough, is the problems boys face in taking up certain courses offered by Delhi University.
Take, for example, Home Science at the undergraduate level. It is offered only in Lady Irwin College and the Institute of Home Economics, both of which are women's colleges.
Dr Renu Pathak, Reader in Biochemistry at Lady Irwin College says, "The course in itself has changed drastically over the years and is much more profession-oriented now. The nomenclature is somewhat misleading, the course is not only about cleaning and cooking." Perhaps it is a matter of breaking gender stereotypes.
Mass Communication is another course that is available only in Indraprastha College for women.
Psychology is yet another graduate program where out of the 11 colleges that offer the course only 2 are coeducational. Prof Deepak Pental, Vice Chancellor, Delhi University says," I understand the need for an increase in the number of colleges offering Psychology.
But effort is required to have an altogether better course to offer by merging the two courses, Psychology and Applied Psychology. This would help design a programme that gives our students an edge over the global best.”