Departing from the usual choice of courses related to engineering, medical, chartered accountancy and management, increasing number of junior college students are inclined towards courses from the humanities stream, a survey has revealed.
HT had earlier reported on the survey, conducted by private career solutions firm CareerCo, which stated three out of every four FYJC students across the country, including Mumbai, aspiring to seek admission to a degree college wish to opt for humanities.
Humanities stream includes subjects such as economics, psychology, political science, sociology, history, geography, and also information and technology and mathematics in some colleges. “Students are looking beyond monetary gains. They want to work as interpreters, translators, beauticians, anthropologists or participate in social work, as these options are unconventional and exciting,” said Alok Jain, co-founder, Career Co.
Seventy-four per cent of the 36,000 respondents from more than nine cities, including tier one cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and tier two cities such as Kanpur and Indore, said they were interested in pursuing humanities, while 11% were keen to study science with biology and 9% on biology with mathematics. Only 6% of the respondents wanted to opt for the commerce stream. Of the 800 respondents from Mumbai, 63% FYJC aspirants said they were keen to pursue humanities.
“The findings are not surprising. Science is getting tougher by the day and private colleges are charging high fees. With career opportunities in humanities growing over the past few years and those in commerce restricted to accounting and chartered accountancy, which is difficult to crack, students are choosing streams based on job opportunities,” said Jyoti Thakur, external coordinator, Jai Hind College, Churchgate.
Once perceived as a stream that was opted for by students whose scores were too low to get into top science and commerce colleges, humanities now attract high-scorers, said principals.
“During last year’s admissions, we noticed a rise in the number of students, mostly high-scorers, opting for humanities. This year, students from the humanities stream scored much better than those in the science stream,” said Marie Fernandes, principal, St Andrew’s College, Bandra.
Last year, cut-offs for humanities saw a 1-6% rise in different colleges. Father Frazer Mascarenhas, principal, St Xavier’s College, Fort, said students were returning to basic courses in humanities.
“Although the cut-off for humanities is high, students are keen on pursuing basic courses in humanities such as psychology, sociology, economics and literature,” he said, adding, “Last year, our cut-off for these subjects was above 94%.”