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Weloming men to field of B. El. Ed.

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There is good news for male students who want to study Bachelor's of Elementary Education (B El Ed). For a long time, available only in women's colleges, the course will find its way into a co-educational college. So far, all the six of the colleges offering the B El Ed course-Aditi Mahavidyalaya, Jesus & Mary College, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Gargi College, Institute of Home Economics, Shyama Prasad Mukherji College, Miranda House and Mata Sundari College are women's college. For a long time, Delhi University applicants have believed that there is a bias against men who want to take up teaching jobs.

'I had always wanted to be a school teacher,' said Vidhan Gehlaut, a DU aspirant. 'I felt that the B El Ed course would be perfect for me, as you immediately get a job after completing the course. But as DU does not allow me to study this course, I am going to apply for B Com (Hons). I feel it is unfair that there is a traditional bias towards female students.' But the Faculty of Education insists it was not because of bias that the course was being offered only to women. The B El Ed course is not the only course from which men are barred. Courses such as Bachelor's in Mass Media and Mass Communication and even psychology are available in mostly women's colleges. Zakir Hussain is the only coed college to offer psychology to men.

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