Usually when men attempt to get admission in women’s college, they get rejected – unless they live in India and have applied at the University of Bangalore.
The prestigious university has recently come under fire for allowing two male students into its PhD program. Both men had been completing their doctoral work from the Smt VHD Central Institute of Home Sciences for the past three years, but the university apparently had no idea about it.
This mistake would have probably gone unnoticed if another man had not applied to the university. As it turns, the management only found out about the error after they were forced to reject another male applicant and came across previous records.
“I don't understand the logic why male students be allowed by B.U.,” Dean of Science M. Ramachandra Swamy told The Times of India. “So, I have asked the varsity for clarification.”
It’s unclear if the admissions were purely coincidental or not, but the university is certainly confused if it should let the students complete their studies.
“At the last doctoral meeting, the dean, faculty of Science, had raised the issue, asking how a male student could be admitted to a women's college. As per records, two male candidates have been admitted,” stated the syndicate, the highest decision-making body. “No one from the college is opposing the move. The college chairperson has requested permission to two male candidates, stating they have completed their PhD course work and were submitting the program progress reports on time.”
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Meanwhile, C.S. Shivakumar, one of the male students whose doctoral thesis is based on the impact of walnut consumption on dyslipidemia, hopes he would be able to complete his research at the college.
“I have followed due process and even got certificates from the university for my course work,” he said. “As this is a one-of-its-kind study in the country, I have spent a lot of money and time on the course, which is nearing completion. I hope I won't be punished for something which is not my fault.”