Parul Sharma

Thanks to the boom in media industry and other career opportunities

NEW DELHI: It is not just the traditionally popular courses like English (Honours) and Economics (Honours) that were running full before the second cut-off list at different colleges of Delhi University, it seems Hindi (Honours) too has found a lot of takers.

Several colleges like Ramjas, Daulat Ram, Kamla Nehru and Shyama Prasad Mukherjee have not issued a second cut-off list for the subject as seats were filled up after the first list itself.

Thanks to the boom in the media industry and other career opportunities, students are beginning to acknowledge the significance of studying Hindi. Many college Principals have been observing this trend for the past couple of years.

Daulat Ram College Principal Kannan Nanda said last year too she had closed admissions for Hindi (Hons) after the first cut-off list itself. “This year our first cut-offs were also not very high. So a lot of students applied. Most of the applicants from the Other Backward Classes have taken admission to this course,” she said.

Kamla Nehru College Principal Minoti Chatterjee also said the popularity of Hindi (Hons) was nothing out of the blue. “Students are realising that a lot of opportunities are available for them after doing Hindi. Television and print journalism has opened a lot of avenues for them. Besides that, translation is a big industry these days. A lot of them can work as interpreters as well. Then there are a lot of children who are interested in pursuing pure academics and research as well,” she said.

“Hindi literature has been in focus for quite some time. Anyone who has a flair for creativity and Hindi literature wants to study Hindi (Hons),” noted Dr. Chatterjee.

The Head of the Hindi Department at the University, Sudhish Pachauri, gives the credit to the “innovative changes” that had been made in the Hindi (Hons) syllabus about four years ago.

“Earlier, students would do B.A. and then M.A. in Hindi and become teachers. There were no other options. When the new syllabus was drafted four years ago, we made it more vocation-oriented. All the efforts are showing results today,” he said.