MANGALORE: A four-decade-old PU women’s college in the city is all set to throw its doors open to boys. Gearing up for this shift is the Besant National Women’s PU College, founded by the Women’s National Education Society (WNES) in 1968. It will admit boys from this academic year to take the total of number of students from the existing 500 to 1,000.
College principal Parameshwari YS told that parents and students prefer co-education institutions. “The society had introduced co-education in its high school several years ago.
All boys from the high school will have to join other institutions as there was no co-education in our PU College. Hence, the society thought of starting co-education at PU level. Gradually co-education will be introduced in all other colleges under the society,” she said.
WNES president Kudpi Jagadish Shenoy said that the institute has received permission to introduce co-education from the department of PU education from the academic year 2013-14. The college will be renamed Besant National PU College from the next academic year, he added.
Theosophist Dr Annie Besant, who believed that the progress of Indian women could be achieved only through education, had founded Besant Primary School in Mangalore in 1918. The management of the Besant Institutions was later taken over by the Women’s National Education Society from the Theosophical Society in 1943.
Before Beasant college, St Aloysius College which was teaching only boys went co-ed in 1986, more than 100 years after its foundation.