Delhi University colleges have seen increased interest in BA (Hons) Philosophy this year, with almost half of the colleges offering the course filling up seats in the unreserved category in the first list itself, something that did not happen in earlier years.
College principals and teachers have attributed the rise in popularity of the course to lower cut-offs, increased interest in the subject due to the precarious situation in the wake of the COVID pandemic, and the curriculum being the cornerstone to pursue other areas like UPSC. and law.
Of the 15 colleges offering the course, seven have filled their seats for the unreserved category in the first list itself. These include not only prominent colleges such as Miranda House, which has filled seats for Kashmiri migrants, ST and OBC categories, Hindu College, Lady Shri Ram, but also off-campus such as Laxmibai College and Shyama Prasad Mukherjee College.
Dr Bijaylakshmi Nanda, Principal, Miranda House, said, “Courses like Political Science (Hons) are filled at high percentages quite fast. BA (Hons) Philosophy is an option for students who have slightly lower marks, in the range of 95-98 percentile and can get into a good college. The subject is also growing and it is a subject that you can choose even if you haven’t studied before.”
The college had pegged the cut-off of 97.50 per cent in the first list and has now closed the admissions for the course. Dr Balaganpati Deverakonda, a professor in the Department of Philosophy, said that they have been working for the past four to five years to popularize the curriculum and during the pandemic, several colleges organized programs on the importance of philosophy.
“Not only yoga and meditation, but we are working to popularize other concepts. I think these efforts have been successful. In fact, some colleges have informed that they have filled 90 per cent seats in the first list itself,” he said.
Dr Vijay Kumar, Assistant Professor, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee College, said that they have filled almost 60 per cent seats for the course and it is likely that they will be filled completely in the second list. The college has already closed the admission in the first list for the unreserved category.
“During the pandemic, people developed an interest in whether epidemics were natural or man-made and they also developed a philosophical orientation due to the uncertainties posed by the situation. Philosophy is a subject that is seeing a rise in popularity. There is a lot of talk about value education and increasing career prospects. “
“One, you can prepare for UPSC and it is a good subject. In UPSC interview, questions are intended to test the mental bandwidth of the students and logical thinking comes in handy. In higher education, you can enter the teaching field and even research organizations look for people who have good philosophical training and a doctoral degree.”
He said that in a new trend, some private hospitals have started hiring philosophical counselors for counseling of patients and families. Dr Babli Moitra Saraf, Principal, Indraprastha College for Women, said that the slightly lower cut-off could be one of the reasons for the increase in the popularity of the course.
The college filled its seats in the unreserved category for the course. Its cut-off was 93 per cent, while other popular courses such as BA (Hons) Political Science and BA (Hons) Economics were 97.5 per cent and 98 per cent respectively.
“Students have begun to realize that this is a foundational course that helps them in all subjects, for example, law which is closely associated with philosophy. This is a very positive development (increased in the subject). interested),” she said.
In the second cut off list, courses are still open in Dyal Singh College, Gargi College, Hansraj College, Janki Devi Memorial College, Mata Sundari College, Ramanujan College and Zakir Hussain College. Of these, the cut-off is 96.75 percent and 96 percent for courses in Hansraj and Gargi colleges, 93 percent for courses in Kamala Nehru, Dyal Singh and Zakir Hussain colleges. Ramanujan College has set a minimum score of 92 percent, while Janki Devi Memorial College demands 90 percentile. Mata Sundari College has the lowest cut-off of 83 percent.