Delhi University’s schools have seen an elevated curiosity in BA(Honours) Philosophy this 12 months, with practically half of the universities that supply the course seeing seats filling up within the unreserved class within the first record itself, one thing that didn’t occur in earlier years.
College principals and academics have attributed the rise within the course’s recognition to decrease cut-offs, a rise in curiosity within the topic because of the unsure scenario prevailing in wake of the Covid pandemic and the course being the muse stone for pursuing different fields like UPSC and regulation.
Out of 15 schools that supply the course, seven have stuffed up their seats for the unreserved class within the first record itself. These not solely embody distinguished schools like Miranda House, which has additionally stuffed up seats for Kashmiri Migrants, ST and OBC classes, Hindu College, Lady Shri Ram however even off-campus ones like Lakshmibai College and Shyama Prasad Mukherji College.
Dr Bijaylakshmi Nanda, the principal of Miranda House stated, “Courses like Political Science (Honours) get filled up quite fast at high percentages. BA (Honours) Philosophy is a choice for those students who have slightly fewer marks, in the range of 95-98 per cent and one can get into a good college. The subject is also picking up and it is one that you can opt for despite not having studied it earlier.”
The school had pegged a cut-off of 97.50 per cent within the first record and has now closed admissions for the course. Dr Balaganapathi Deverakonda, a professor on the Department of Philosophy, stated that they’ve been working to popularise the course for the final 4 to 5 years and in the course of the pandemic, many schools organised occasions on the significance of philosophy.
“Not just yoga and meditation, but we are working to popularise other concepts. I think these efforts have fructified. In fact, some colleges have informed that they have filled up 90 per cent of the seats in the first list itself,” he stated.
Dr Vijay Kumar, an assistant professor on the Shyama Prasad Mukherji College, stated they’ve stuffed virtually 60 per cent of the seats for the course and there’s a risk that they are going to be utterly stuffed up within the second record. The school has already closed admissions for the unreserved class within the first record.
“During the pandemic, people developed an interest in whether the pandemic was natural or man-made and they also developed a philosophical orientation owing to the uncertainties posed by the situation. Philosophy is a subject seeing a rise in popularity. There is a lot of talk about value education and there is an increase in career prospects.”
“One, you can prepare for UPSC and it is a good subject. In the UPSC interview, the questions are aimed to test the mental bandwidth of students and logical thinking comes quite handy in it. In higher education, you can get into the teaching line and even research organisations seek people who have good philosophical training and a doctorate degree,” he stated.
In a brand new development, some personal hospitals have began hiring philosophical counsellors for counselling sufferers and households, he added. Dr Babli Moitra Saraf, the principal of Indraprastha College For Women, stated the marginally decrease cut-offs might be a purpose for the rise within the course’s recognition.
The school stuffed up its seats within the unreserved class for the course. Its cut-off was 93 per cent, whereas different common programs like BA (Honours) Political Science and BA (Honours) Economics stood at 97.5 per cent and 98 per cent respectively.
“Students have begun to realise that it is a foundational course that assists them in all disciplines, for instance, law which is closely tied with philosophy. It’s a very, very positive development (the increased interest in the subject),” she added.
The course remains to be open at Dyal Singh College, Gargi College, Hansraj College, Janki Devi Memorial College, Mata Sundri College, Ramanujan College and Zakir Husain College within the second cut-off record. Among these, Hansraj and Gargi schools have a cut-off of 96.75 per cent and 96 per cent for the course, Kamala Nehru, Dyal Singh and Zakir Husain schools have a cut-off of 93 per cent for the course. Ramanujan College has pegged the minimal marks requirement at 92 per cent, whereas Janki Devi Memorial College has demanded a rating of 90 per cent. Mata Sundri College has the bottom cut-off at 83 per cent.