Not get­ting ad­mit­ted to Delhi Univer­sity? Try evening col­leges

SUN­SET COUR­SES Not mak­ing the high-cut­offs in reg­u­lar col­leges? Dyal Singh, Satyawati, Moti­lal Nehru, PGDAV and other evening col­leges could be your next best op­tions

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - HT Education - - Front Page - Gauri Kohli

With cut-offs go­ing as high as 99.25% in reg­u­lar col­leges at Delhi Univer­sity (DU), the com­pe­ti­tion to get a seat is get­ting tougher ev­ery year. About 6,000 can­di­dates, out of the 2.5 lakh ap­pli­cants, have scored above 95% this year and are fight­ing for the 54,000 seats for un­der­grad­u­ate pro­grammes at the univer­sity. In such a sce­nario, the chances of many tal­ented stu­dents get­ting into col­leges of their choice are not too bright. Those keen to study in Delhi can, how­ever, con­sider evening col­leges such as Dyal Singh, Moti­lal Nehru, PGDAV, Satyawati, Sha­heed Bha­gat Singh, Shyam­lal and Sri Aurobindo. There was a drop of as much as 5% in the first cut-off list of evening col­leges when com­pared to their morn­ing col­leges.

For in­stance, at Satyawati Col­lege (Morn­ing), the cut-off for the English (hons) pro­gramme was96% andthat for ad­mis­sion to Satyawati Col­lege (Evening) was 91%. At Dyal Singh (Morn­ing) Col­lege, the first cut-off for the English (hons) course was 98%. It dropped to 95% in Dyal Singh (Evening) Col­lege. The cut-offs, for the gen­eral cat­e­gory stu­dents in­di­cate that though there has been an in­crease in cut-offs in evening col­leges over the years, join­ing one will be eas­ier than mak­ing it to a morn­ing col­lege. The cut-offs for the re­served cat­e­gories fol­low a sim­i­lar trend with a drop of as much as 10% in pop­u­lar cour­ses. Many stu­dents opt for these in­sti­tutes is be­cause classes start from 2 pm, en­abling them to take up part-time jobs or in­tern­ships si­mul­ta­ne­ously in the morn­ing hours. GET­TING BET­TER BY THE DAY Evening col­leges have trans­formed in terms of de­mog­ra­phy of stu­dents, says Pawan Ku­mar Sharma, prin­ci­pal, Dyal Singh Col­lege (Evening). “Stu­dents join­ing (us) come from all the states of In­dia now whereas only Delhi stu­dents came here ear­lier. Sec­ondly, a very sub­stan­tial num­ber of girl stu­dents are also opt­ing for evening col­leges. About 40% of the to­tal stu­dents in our col­lege are girls. This has helped im­prove dis­ci­pline. Now, stu­dents com­ing to evening col­leges are se­ri­ous, full-time stu­dents mak­ing evening col­leges very much like main­stream ones.” These were ear­lier com­monly per­ceived as in­sti­tutes that at­tracted low scor­ers, had a skewed gen­der ra­tio with more male stu­dents or did not of­fer too many cour­ses. Place­ments were low and stu­dents not too keen to pur­sue ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar cour­ses. This has changed over the years.

“Now we g et very good stu­dents com­pared to ear­lier in­takes. The gen­der ra­tio is also im­prov­ing. Our col­lege be­came the first co-ed­u­ca­tional evening col­lege way back in 1994. We do not of­fer sci­ence cour­ses but we are not just of­fer­ing pass cour­ses and have the pres­ti­gious BCom (hons), BA (hons) English and BA (hons) po­lit­i­cal sci­ence pro- grammes. We are also likely to start a bach­e­lor in busi­ness eco­nomics (hons) and bach­e­lor in el­e­men­tary ed­u­ca­tion soon. Be­sides aca­demics, stu­dents also get a chance to do well in ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lars and sports,” says Sharma.

An­other sig­nif­i­cant change is that the gap be­tween cut-offs of main­stream col­leges and evening col­leges is clos­ing. Com­par­ing the cut-off trends in evening col­leges in the last few years with morn­ing col­leges, Sharma says the rise in cut-offs in evening col­leges has been higher when com­pared to morn­ing col­leges. “Over the last five years, there’s been more than a 10% in­crease in cour­ses such as BCom ( hons) and in English (hons),” he adds.

PK Khu­rana, prin­ci­pal, Sha­heed Bha­gat Singh (Evening) Col­lege, says the cut­off per­cent­ages in most evening col­leges have gone up over the years. “Al­most all evening col­leges are co- ed­u­ca­tional col­leges. Forty-five per cent of our batch com­prises girl stu­dents. Evening col­leges are pro­vid­ing on-cam­pus place­ments and of­fer var­i­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties for ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties such as dra­mat­ics, dance, mu­sic, fine arts and de­bates. This year, more than 100 stu­dents se­cured jobs through cam­pus place­ment,” says Khu­rana. NEED FOR MORE EVENING COL­LEGES? Some stu­dent or­gan­i­sa­tions have been de­mand­ing more evening col­leges in DU and also in Delhi. But is it a fea­si­ble idea? “Start­ing more evening col­leges from the ex­ist­ing build-

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ings of day col­leges is not good for the growth of all col­leges. Day col­leges suf­fer be­cause they have to fin­ish ev­ery­thing by 3pm and the evening col­leges have to close by 8pm. A col­lege, as an in­sti­tu­tion, is meant to pro­vide fa­cil­i­ties to the stu­dents for their all round devel­op­ment. This is pos­si­ble only when there is suf­fi­cient time avail­able to stu­dents of both the shifts. But this is not hap­pen­ing due to time and space con­straints,” says Khu­rana.

Sharma, how­ever, says, that

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hav­ing more evening col­leges will lead to more seats and will help stu­dents who can­not get ad­mis­sion to DU’s morn­ing col­leges due to limited seats. “Most evening col­leges start classes by

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