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
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