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Demand up for Science courses; colleges admit surplus students

For those who rue how pure Science courses have lost to engineering courses,this year’s undergraduate admissions at the Delhi University (DU) might bring cheer.

Written by Radhika Jha | New Delhi | Published: June 28, 2010 12:59:16 am

For those who rue how pure Science courses have lost to engineering courses,this year’s undergraduate admissions at the Delhi University (DU) might bring cheer.

The demand for the courses is so high that many DU colleges have already admitted upto double the number of students compared to the allotted seats by the second day of admissions.

BSc (Honours) courses in Physics,Chemistry and Mathematics are particularly in demand.

“While the rush was expected,such huge numbers are a surprise. We have received three times the usual response,” said Pratibha Jolly,principal of Miranda House. As on Thursday,a whopping 91 students were admitted against the 35 seats under the general category for BSc (Hons) Physics at Miranda House.

Kirori Mal College too,had 257 and 254 students admitted in its BSc (Hons) Chemistry and Physics courses respectively against 127 seats each. KMC Principal Bhim Sen Singh and Miranda House principal Pratibha Jolly confirmed that the colleges will not be coming out with a second cut-off list for Physics and Chemistry.

Sri Venkateswara College admitted more than two and a half times the number of available seats in Physics on Thursday.

The sudden spurt in interest and the unexpected rise in the number of applicants this year may pose a problem for the Science departments of DU colleges. “Last year too,we had to admit more candidates than the number of available seats for these courses,so we set the cut-off percentages higher this year. The rush is even greater this year. We have to decide how to deal with it,” said Jolly.

Students are not admitted on a first-come-first-serve basis in DU — colleges have to admit all applicants who make it within the prescribed cut-off.

Neha Bura,an applicant at Miranda House for Physics Honours,said,“It might be due to the semester system being implemented from this year that the demand for these courses is so high. It makes the course a lot simpler.”

“The rush is,however,limited to Physical Sciences. Demand for the rest of the Science courses have gone down,” said Dr P Hemlatha Reddy,principal of Sri Venkateswara College. “Response for all other Science courses,like Botany and Zoology,has gone down,” said Dr Rajendra Prasad,principal of Ramjas College. Ramjas also witnessed a drop in the number of applicants for Chemistry (Honours),with only 62 of 92 seats being filled.

For Mathematics (Honours) in Venkateswara,33 students were admitted against 90 seats till Thursday.

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