Scoring 90% is not enough to get enrolled for BCom course in top colleges. SCD Government College and Government College for Girls, the two most sought after colleges in the city began the admission process on Monday. Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management and Khalsa College for Women too started admissions.
For students without mathematics- a minimum of 97.77% was required to get admission in GCG whereas for students having mathematics as a subject- cut off of GCG reached 93.77% leaving many 90% above scorers disappointed.
Even for KCW, one needs to have 91% marks without mathematics while cut off is 87% for students with maths. Aurobindo College which displayed its cut off list on Monday has set percentage at 89.8% for maths students while it is 93.8% for students without maths. While Ludhiana is already reeling under shortage of BCom seats, a proposal to further reduce seats from 70 to 60 per unit was recently moved to Academic Council of PU by faculty of UBS, PU but was rejected.
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“The city has approximately 2,200 BCom seats while total seats in district including outer areas such as Mullanpur, Raikot, Sudhar etc are 3,00 approximately, however, most students apply for BCom. We cannot afford to reduce seats,” said Mukesh Arora, senate member PU and professor from SCD Government College, Ludhiana.
Even till 2010, GCG and SCD were running three units of BCom (210 seats each) but they surrendered a unit each reducing seats to 140 due to shortage of faculty which came as shocker for commerce students. Gurminder Kaur, principal GCG, said, “We have started online admissions this year for the first time. We have limited seats and thus all 90 above scorers cannot be given admission.”
R L Behl, principal of Aurobindo College said, “Now under single girl child policy reservation, even family with (only) two daughters can get preference. Two seats in each college have been reserved as per PU directions.”
Asked why central counselling system was discontinued in Ludhiana, Arora said, “Counselling used to get extended till five rounds causing delay in admission and late commencement of classes. Moreover colleges were not refunding fee making it difficult for poor students.”