Non-Collegiate gains prominence

There is no end to students queue in Delhi University these days. Be it admissions for regular courses offered in various colleges or the School of Open Learning, the campus is flooded with students.

Not to be left behind is the Non-Collegiate Women’s Education Board (NCWEB) which is adding few numbers to the jostling crowd of students in the campus. It is the growing popularity of the NCWEB, a large number of students, restricting to girls only, are opting for the weekly classes of BA (Programme) and B.Com offered under it in 13 colleges of DU.

“By taking admission in non-collegiate courses we can continue with our jobs or any professional course” says Mamta, who was busy filing the form at NCWEB centre in North campus. Working as a cashier in a real estate firm, Mamta says, “I don’t want to leave my job but at the same time I want to do my graduation.”

Surprisingly, it’s not only job that is pushing girls to take admission in NCWEB but it the pressure build up by their parents to not to go for regular course. “My parents don’t want me to pursue regular course,” says Neha “Considering my safety and security, they want me to do my studies through NCWEB.” 

Supporting her view, Babita, who has taken admission in BA (Prog) through NCWEB in Bharti College, Janakpuri says, “There are many parents who don’t want to send their daughters to regular colleges. Therefore they prefer NCWEB. There is no chance of ragging or any kind of distraction from studies as there are only girls in the batch.”

Despite all this, those thronging the centre are majorly those who failed to get admission in any of the regular colleges because of the poor percent in boards. “There are many students who cleared the first cut-off but did not come to take admission as they were waiting to get admission in any regular college. It is for this reason, a lot many girls are now queuing up at the centre,” says Aarti Saxena, NCWEB.

 Interestingly, if the official is to be believed, they have denied admission to at least 700 students who cleared the first cut-off and came running to the centre with the release of the second cut-off.

“There are certain regulations which the centre has to abide by. Girls come here, they cry in front of us just because they left the opportunity with first cut-off. Now, as the second cut-off is released we have to admit those students who fall under it,” says Aarti. 

More so, as NCWEB offers seats to only those who are residing in the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi, a large chunk of crowd from Noida, Ghaziabad and Gurgaon are also applying for it. The problem is compounded by no withdrawl this year.  
It is quite visible that NCWEB is grappling with it popularity after high cut-offs in regular courses.

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