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Specialised science courses take a hit as students play safe

Apart from popular Honours courses like physics and chemistry,students seeking admission at Delhi University often pick off-beat “specialised” science courses in subjects like biochemistry,microbiology,biomedical sciences and industrial chemistry.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: June 14, 2012 1:07:05 am

Apart from popular Honours courses like physics and chemistry,students seeking admission at Delhi University often pick off-beat “specialised” science courses in subjects like biochemistry,microbiology,biomedical sciences and industrial chemistry.

Dr Savitri Singh,principal of Acharya Narendra Dev College,said these can be seen as “off-shoots” of physics,chemistry and biology. “The BSc (Bio-Medical) course was introduced in our college in 1999 and it has attracted many students ever since,” she said.

While the cut-offs for regular courses like Physics (H) and Botany (H) were around 76-78 per cent last year,the same for Bio-Medical (H) were around 82-85 per cent,” said Dr Singh.

Dr J K S Taank,Principal of Deshbandhu College,said,“Biochemistry was initially a highly sought-after course,but it is not as popular anymore. Twenty-five of 31 seats are taken in our college.”

The reason for the decline in the course’s popularity could be because of low job prospects,he said. “Students still think that a Physics (H) or a Chemistry (H) has better prospects than a BSc in industrial chemistry. They don’t want to confine themselves to such a specialised subject at this stage,” said Dr Taank.

The cut-off for BSc physical sciences (industrial chemistry) was only 65 per cent as opposed to 80 per cent for physics (H) in the first cut-off list at Deshbandhu College in 2010-11. These courses,Dr Taank said,find enough takers despite the low cut-offs.

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