While mapping admission seekers’ trend at the reputed Delhi University (DU), it has been found that 70 per cent of students in ‘popular’ colleges are not from Delhi, but outstation students. To name them, St. Stephens, Shri Ram College of Commerce, Lady Shri Ram, Hindu, Miranda House, Ramjas or Hansraj, are the popular colleges of DU, and most sought after destinations among outstation aspirants.
Interestingly, 50 per cent of the aspirants who applied for sociology at Sri Venkateswara College were from Assam alone.
A media report mentions a top Delhi College principal informing that at times as much as 75 per cent of students in the college are not from Delhi, which goes to show the aspirations of the youth to get the best education in the country.
It may be mentioned that even when the admission rigmarole is over, the outstation students have to hunt for a suitable accommodation where they will have to spend the next three years of their student life. This is because there are limited seats available in the college hostels. Several independent and political students’ groups have been raising the issue of lack of infrastructure and hostel facilities for students from outside Delhi.