As the race for securing admissions to city colleges is gathering pace, BCom has once again emerged as the most preferred course amongst students applying to colleges in Chandigarh.
For the last year, however, a lot of students have also started taking interest in traditional courses in humanities and science like BA and BSc. Amongst sciences, courses in chemistry and biotechnology are now emerging as the new areas of interest for students.
Explaining why BCom continues to be the most sought-after course, principal of Government College of Commerce and Business Administration, Sector 42, Manjit Kaur says, “Of late, more and more students are taking interest in courses that can provide them with professional skills, and BCom remains amongst the most preferred course since it helps them in preparing for more professional options like CA, CS and MBA. The subjects that students study in BCom later help them in performing better in these areas.”
For the same reasons, a lot of students also now prefer taking up a course such as BCA or BBA, if they do not get a good college for BCom.
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Students applying to colleges in Chandigarh from the outside UT pool, however, have started taking keen interest in courses like BSc as well as BA. “A lot of students applying to Chandigarh colleges from rural areas or other periphery areas do apply for BCom, but there is an increased interest in traditional courses in BSc specialising in chemistry, geography, economics or sociology,” Kaur says.
At SD College, Sector 32, which is the topmost preferred college in the city, there is an increased enrolment for bio-sciences. “Over the last few years, students have started taking interest in sciences, and BSc in biotechnology has emerged as a course that more and more students are opting for,” says Pooja Sareen, Assistant Professor at SD College.
Interestingly, SD College has also emerged as one of the most sought-after colleges for commerce in the region after Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), New Delhi. Vatsala Bhatt, a student vying for admission to BCom at SD College, says, “I want to get admission to SRCC, but the college has skyrocketing cut-offs. After SRCC, SD College in Chandigarh is my next option for BCom.”
Talking about the increased interest of students in BSc (Medical/Non-Medical), Dr R K Dogra from DAV College, Sector 10, says, “Earlier, a lot of students used to just blindly opt for engineering after class XII, but of late, students have started taking more interest in BSc, which allows them to specialise in their chosen stream of sciences.”
Dr Dogra adds that over the last few years, there have been a lot of students who quit courses in law and engineering to pursue a BA degree. “There are instances when students with scores as high as 93 to 95 per cent also choose to do BA.” Amongst BA courses, BA in economics, English literature and psychology are the most preferred options in the city.
At Panjab University, amongst the most sought-after courses are BCom, BBA, BSc (Chemistry), five-year law and engineering courses at University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET).
“In the last decade, when it comes to engineering courses, computer science has emerged as the top favourite, followed by electronics and mechanical engineering. Out of interest, a lot of students have started opting for chemical engineering as well, since after a degree in chemical engineering, the students have a wide spectrum of industries that they can work with like IT, environmental, pharmaceutical and rubber industries,” says Professor Seema Kapoor from PU’s University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology (UICET).