DU Psychology: places limited for boys, most colleges offering courses are reserved for women
No less than 11 colleges in the University of Delhi (DU) offer BA (Hons) psychology courses, of which seven are women’s-only institutes. The other four are coeducational colleges, which means boys have to compete more with girls for a place.
In addition to the sky-high thresholds, male applicants who aspire to pursue a career in psychology face an uphill struggle for admission. Recently, Aryabhatta College released its second cut list and retained the 98.25% threshold for BA (Hons) psychology, which was set at 98.5% in the first list.
High and increased competition
Zakir Husain Delhi College had maintained the first threshold for psychology (Hons) at 98 percent with one percent relaxation for female applicants. The college has not released the second limit for the course, as seats have already been filled.
Nandita Babu, professor, Department of Psychology, DU, told indianexpress.com that the university has taken note of the gender disparity in the availability of places and is taking initiatives to start the course at other colleges.
“There is growing interest in the field among college students, boys and girls, largely due to the evolving discourse on mental health. With growing awareness, it opened up many new possibilities for students to find employment right after obtaining an undergraduate degree. Counselors and therapists are needed in almost every area, be it schools or businesses, ”she said.
The university’s psychology department had planned to start a specialized course on the subject at Hansraj College this year and even teamed up the college for the same, but it did not work out in the midst of the pandemic and is expected to start in the near future, she told.
Gender issue in the seat matrix
BA (Hons) Applied Psychology is offered at six DU colleges and three of them are exclusively girls. This year, the university has a total of 310 seats for the same and 145 are by default reserved for girls. The remaining 165 seats are in coeducational colleges, meaning not all are available for boys.
For psychology (Hons) too, the picture is more or less the same. Of the total of 622 places available this year, 408 (65%) are in female-only colleges, while only 214 are available in co-ed colleges.
Delhi University Teachers Association president Rajib Ray, who is a professor of philosophy at Kirori Mal College (KMC), said most of the specialization courses face the same problems, including the “best ones. »Colleges for pursuing psychology in DU are exclusively girls.
Not self-funded = no UGC funding
“There is a long history as to why these courses are only offered at women’s colleges. From now on, the UGC does not give the authorization to start courses in other colleges if they are not in self-financing mode, which is not a favorable mode for a public establishment. Without commission funding, it becomes difficult for colleges to keep courses afloat. Starting these courses on a self-financing basis would also result in higher course fees and no job security for teachers, ”he said.
In addition, the university is already facing a shortage of infrastructure and human resources, and the only way to ensure gender parity is to increase funding, added Ray.
Rose Christina Topno, assistant professor in the applied psychology department at Ramanujan College, said the perception of the field being dominated by women exists but is reinforced by the unavailability of college places.
“Normally more women than men register for the course. But often the most famous psychologists are men. For example, in a class of 10 students, it is more likely that there are only three boys. It could be due to a lack of interest or the fact that seats fill up quickly due to the popularity of the course and boys 97 and under don’t even get a chance to compete, ”said Rose.
Ashwini Kumar, who previously taught psychology at DU and is now an assistant professor at IGNOU’s School of Social Sciences, believes that boys who score 99% or more in grade 12 generally do not consider a career in psychology and prefer Sciences.
“Boys with high grades usually opt for science, math, or computer science. Those who are arts-inclined and have other goals in mind like crack UPSC join political science, history or economics classes at DU, ”Kumar said.
He added that it takes time and several degrees for an individual to establish himself in the field of psychology and “unfortunately our society does not allow this kind of bandwidth to most boys as they are supposed to. start earning as soon as they finish university “. .