Only two Psychology colleges for boys; girls have an edge

Sanjeev Kwatra wanted to pursue Psychology (Honours) from Delhi University (DU). But after he learnt about the limited choices in hand, the 17-year-old changed his mind. Mallica Joshi reports.

delhi Updated: Jun 10, 2010 00:57 IST

Sanjeev Kwatra wanted to pursue Psychology (Honours) from Delhi University (DU). But after he learnt about the limited choices in hand, the 17-year-old changed his mind.

“There are only two colleges in DU that offer Psychology (Honours) to boys,” he was told. “I always wanted to pursue Psychology from Hindu College or St Stephen’s College but was disappointed when I realised that these colleges don’t offer it,” said Kwatra, a resident of Ludhiana who finally applied for Philosophy (Honours) and History (Honours) at these colleges.

Psychology (Honours) is offered only in two co-education colleges across DU — Keshav Mahavidyalaya and Zakir Hussain College. The same course is offered in seven girls’ colleges including Lady Shri Ram College for Women.

“A lot of boys want to know about the availability of Psychology (Honours) in the college of their choice but most choose for other courses when they come to know about the lack of options,” said Akshay Joshi, a student councellor. “Many boys leave the course after joining as they feel left out in a class full of girls,” said Manmeet Sidhu, another student councellor. Applied Psychology (Honours) is also available in only two co-ed colleges – Sri Aurobindo College (Evening) and Bhim Rao Ambedkar College.

But courses in Psychology are not the only ones that boys feel they are missing out on.

“A lot of male students ask about the Bachelors in Mass Media and Mass Communication but it’s offered only in IP College for Women,” said G.S. Tuteja, deputy dean, Students’ Welfare. “Courses in colleges are started on the basis of the facilities available,” he added.

First Published: Jun 10, 2010 00:54 IST