For those still deliberating as to whether they should pursue the course of their dreams or simply opt for the college with a name, here are some views expressed by fellow students which might help make your decision a bit easier.
It’s all about the College:
“Although the course may be important for those with an aptitude or interest in certain subjects only, it must be remembered that career wise a college with a greater repute can make all the difference in the world. Not only are the ‘better’ colleges so called because of a high standard in both education and faculty, they are often better equipped otherwise to meet the student’s needs. For instance for students wishing to study abroad, colleges with better foreign exchange programs or ties with foreign universities would certainly make a better choice. Moreover facilities such as a well equipped library, easy internet access or a state of the art laboratory would also weigh greatly with many students.”
-2nd Year student JMC
“If the course consideration did indeed outweigh that of the college, such a desperate race to enter a ‘good’ college wouldn’t exist. The simple fact remains that although everyone in DU gets the same university degree, in all future career stages the students will be asked the name of the college they studied in and a name of repute there would make a great difference. Whether it be a job interview or a management school interview, being an alumnus of a reputed college does count as a point in your favour. Moreover there appears to be a ‘snob value’ in belonging to a famous institution which people still persist in acknowledging and chasing.”
“Good colleges are ‘good’ because they have higher cut offs; Cut offs are higher in good colleges because they are ‘good’. People rush to these colleges not for the college itself but because everyone else rushes to these colleges. With greater competition the result is that only the best students enter these ‘good’ colleges. This automatically raises the standard of that college and contributes to its success”
-2nd Year Student, LSR
In the long run, the Course is really what matters:
“At the end of three or four years it’s your course which pays off and not the college. It may be an added benefit if you get into a college of repute, but at the end of the day it doesn’t really matter what college you go to but what degree you’re going to get. For example, Rajdhani College is one of the unfortunate colleges where students are less willing to study in spite of the fact that it has one of the best faculty for Eco in all of DU.
-3rd year student, IP College
“A wise decision is one that is based on the course and the faculty! You can thrive on the course forever as opposed to the college which is just a matter of years.”
“My entire college is driven by Journalism. I don’t have any regrets in opting for Journalism Hons. from Maharaja Agrasen. BBE in our college is also worth pursuing but the Journalism faculty is particularly good. When it comes to theoretical and practical applications and guest faculties, I feel that our college is as good if not better than the more reputed colleges. Hence I would suggest that one should pursue the course of one’s choice because at the end of the day everyone gets a DU degree.”
-2nd year Journalism Hons student, Maharaja Agrasen.
“Delhi University has been ranked 60th in the list of top universities in Asia. It accomplished this feat as a whole without any mention of individual colleges. Irrespective of the college you go to, ultimately you shall be an alumnus of Delhi University and hold a DU degree. Choosing a course you love or are good at is what will really help, since your qualifications determine your future, a college and its repute is merely transitory.”
– 3rd year student, HansRaj