CBSE class XII toppers Hansika Shukla and Karishma Arora, who scored 99.8% took admissions in BA (Hons) Psychology at Lady Shri Ram College for Women (LSR) as soon as the first cut-off list was released. This was a major indicator of the increasing popularity of Psychology subject at the undergraduate (UG) level.
As many as 1,12,312 applications were received by DU for Psychology this year as opposed to 57,584 in 2018. The cut-off for the subject increased by 3% in 7 colleges.
The highest cut-off was set by LSR at 98.75% which was 98.25% last year. Most colleges including the LSR, Gargi and Indraprastha College for Women were filled soon after the release of the first cut-off list in the general category.
The fact that society is opening up towards mental health issues is the main reason why students are picking professions associated with Psychology, says Suman Sharma, principal, LSR. “Since the stigma associated with the treatment of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety etc has faded, the demand for professionals is on a rise,” adds Sharma.
Surbhika Maheshwari, assistant professor of Psychology, University of Delhi, says that the world at large has begun to understand Psychology as a serious discipline. “The course is an amalgamation of scientific rigour as well as humanitarian concerns. In addition to this, the field being transdisciplinary, caters to the problems of young minds, cultural diversity, humanity, and inclusion as well.”
Most students after graduating from LSR have started to work as psychologists and counsellors. Several corporates hire psychological counsellors to evaluate the mental health and personality of their employees, says Sharma.
Despite the rising popularity of the subject, only 17 colleges in DU offer courses in Psychology or Applied Psychology at the UG level. Of these, only 5 colleges are co-educational, which again limits the options for male applicants.
“Psychology should not only be taught in more colleges but the faculty strength in existing colleges must also be enhanced to cater to the rising influx of aspirants,” says Sharma.