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DU Psychology: Limited seats for boys, most faculties providing course are women-only

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DU Psychology Seats 2021: As many as 11 faculties below the University of Delhi (DU) supply BA (Hons) Psychology course, of which seven are all-women institutes. The remaining 4 are co-education faculties, which implies that boys should compete additional with women to safe a seat.
Along with the sky-high cut-offs, male candidates who aspire to pursue a profession in psychology face a tricky combat to get admission. Recently, Aryabhatta College launched its second cut-off listing and had saved the 98.25 per cent cut-off for BA (Hons) Psychology, which was pegged at 98.5 per cent within the first listing.
High-cut off and elevated competitors
Zakir Husain Delhi College had saved the primary cut-off for Psychology (Hons) at 98 per cent with one per cent leisure for woman candidates. The faculty has not launched the second cut-off for the course because the seats have already been stuffed.

Nandita Babu, Professor, Department of Psychology, DU, informed that the varsity has taken notice of the gender disparity within the availability of seats and is taking initiatives to start out the course at different faculties.
“There is a growing interest in the field among students, both boys and girls, largely because of the changing narrative around mental health. With increasing awareness, it has opened up many new avenues for students to get employed right after completing an undergraduate degree. Counsellors and therapists are needed in almost every field, be it schools or corporates,” she stated.

The college’s division of psychology had deliberate to start out an honours course on the topic at Hansraj College this yr and the workforce even the faculty for a similar, nevertheless it didn’t work out amid the pandemic and is anticipated to begin within the close to future, she informed.
Gender glitch within the seat matrix
BA (Hons) Applied Psychology is obtainable at six DU faculties and three of them are all-girls. This yr, the college has a complete of 310 seats for a similar and 145 are by default reserved for women. The remaining 165 seats are in co-ed faculties, that means that not all of them can be found for boys.
For Psychology (Hons) too, the image is kind of the identical. Of the whole 622 seats accessible this yr, 408 (65 per cent) are in women-only faculties whereas solely 214 can be found in co-ed faculties.

Delhi University Teachers’ Association president Rajib Ray, who’s a professor of philosophy at Kirori Mal College (KMC), stated that almost all honours programs face the identical bother together with the ‘top’ faculties to pursue psychology in DU are all-girls.
Not self-financed = no funding from UGC
“There is a long history as to why these courses are offered at only women colleges. Now, the UGC is not providing permission to start courses in other colleges if they are not in self-financing mode, which is not a favourable mode for a public institution. In the absence of funding from the commission, it becomes difficult for colleges to keep the courses afloat. Starting these courses in self-financing mode would also translate into higher course fee and no job security for teachers,” he stated.
Besides, the college already faces an infrastructural and human sources crunch, and the one technique to carry gender parity is to extend funding, Ray added.

Rose Christina Topno, assistant professor at Ramanujan College’s Department of Applied Psychology, stated the notion of the sphere being women-dominated exists however it’s strengthened by the unavailability of faculty seats.
“Normally, more women than men apply for the course. But, often the most renowned psychologists are male. For instance, in a class of 10 students, it is more likely that there would be only three boys. It could be due to lack of interest or because the seats fill up fast due to the popularity of the course and boys with 97 and below do not get a chance to even compete,” Rose stated.
Societal strain  
Ashwini Kumar, who earlier taught psychology at DU and is now an assistant professor at IGNOU’s School of Social Sciences, believes that boys who get 99 per cent or above in school 12 don’t normally eye a profession in psychology and like sciences.

“Boys with high marks usually opt for courses in science, math or computer science. Those who are inclined towards Arts and have other goals in mind such as cracking UPSC join political science, history or economics courses at DU,” Kumar stated.
He added that it takes time and a number of levels for a person to ascertain themselves within the area of psychology and “sadly, our society does not allow that kind of bandwidth to most boys as they are expected to start earning as soon as they complete college”.