Basic sciences draw N-E crowd

By Samyukta Maindarkar & Dwaipayan Ghosh | TNN

New Delhi: Like every year during the annual admission ritual, they descended from the cool climes of the hills to the scorching plains of the Capital to bag that coveted seat in Delhi University (DU). Students from the North-eastern states turned up in large numbers on the varsity campus on the first day of sale of forms for undergraduate courses on Friday.

Registration for the N-E students takes place at the two SC/ST counters set up by the university, one each at North and South campus.

History, political science and English honours top the list of the most sought after subjects for these students in Arts. B Com remains the eternal favourite for commerce. “I’m going to apply for history and political science honours, and many of my friends are also going to do the same,” said Ferdinand, who is from Mizoram. Chen from Nagaland is another such aspirant on North Campus wanting to study history honours.

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Professional courses such as BBE (Bachelors of Business Economics), which is now being introduced in a few more colleges, are increasingly gaining popularity among these students. “Everyone now wants to earn a lot of money and more and more people from our community are keen on enrolling into such courses,” said Jerimison, who hails from Manipur.

The interest in basic sciences has also increased over the past few years among the students from the N-E. Standing inside the Archarya Narendra Dev College in Kalkaji, Moses, a student from Shillong, seemed certain about his choice. “I want to study either physics or chemistry honours. With around 70 percent marks, I am certain that I can get admission in one of the DU colleges.” Though most of his friends were studying in North Campus, he said that the lure of a good science college had prompted him to select a college in the South. “There is a lack of good science colleges there,” he said.

Though some of these students were clear about their streams, most seemed confused about what subjects to take up. Vibi from Mizoram said: “I have not decided yet. Frankly, I don’t know what to do.” Quite a few of them took the help of student unions from their states, which had set up help-desks outside the form sale centres.

“The biggest problem faced by students from the North-East is that they often do not have any idea about colleges and their cut-off percentages, making it difficult to decide where to apply, and for which course,” said Thejasenuo Meyase, the president of the Naga Students’ Union. |

*Originally printed in The Times of India’s Delhi edition on June 2, 2007, in the Times City section