A huge number of students seeking admission in BSc courses and inadequate number of seats available with existing science colleges have created a difficult situation both for the students as well as colleges. While students and their parents are pestering the colleges to accommodate them,colleges are turning them away as they dont have enough infrastructure to accommodate all of them.
This is for the first time that colleges are facing such a situation. Earlier,science colleges complained of shortage of students because most of the students preferred engineering,medical and paramedical courses.
The reason for the admission problem this year,according to science college principals,is the high pass percentage in Class XII science examinations. Against 67,000 science students,who had passed Class XII science exams in 2011,over 1.05 lakh students passed out from the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Examination Board this year.
College principals say that even if all the engineering and medical seats available in the state are filled up,about 30,000 students would still be left who would be seeking admission to BSc courses. According to college principals and Gujarat University (GU) authorities,the problem is more serious in Ahmedabad where a large number of students,particularly from Saurashtra and north Gujarat,are coming to seek admissions in science courses because there were only a few science colleges in those regions.
The total number of seats in BSc classes available in all the seven science colleges in Ahmedabad is only 3,500,but the number of applicants is almost four times,making it difficult for colleges to manage the situation.
MJ Science College principal B K Jain said his college received 10,500 applications this year against the intake capacity of 480. He said introduction of semester system in Class XI-XII had resulted in higher pass percentage. H M Patel,principal of Bhavans RA College of Science said his college had received 1,600 applications against 480 seats.
GU Vice-Chancellor Adesh Pal said he had asked the college authorities in his universitys jurisdiction to cooperate by making additional arrangements to accommodate students. We cant refuse admissions to students and we have to accommodate them under any circumstances, said Pal.
State Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasma said he had asked the education authorities to find out a temporary solution for this year to cope up with the problem. A long term solution requires opening up of science colleges at district and taluka level and I will personally look into this issue, he said.