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With BTech tag gone, many courses see dip in popularity

The removal of the BTech tag has affected the demand for the course, said Jha.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
July 5, 2014 1:23:03 am
Students now prefer private universities to pursue BTech. (Express Photo:Ravi Kanojia) Students now prefer private universities to pursue BTech. (Express Photo: Ravi Kanojia)

Courses which came under the BTech programme have taken a hit after the rollbback of the four-year undergraduate programme  (FYUP), with most Delhi University colleges reporting a sharp fall in applicants.

Under FYUP, courses such as electronics, computer science, food technology, instrumentation and psychological sciences were BTech courses. After the UGC  directed the DU administration to roll back FYUP and revert to the three-year format, these courses lost the BTech tag. And so, colleges that had been inundated with applications for the BTech programme last year, have hardly seen any students this time.

Maharaja Agrasen College, which had offered BTech in Electronics and Computer Science last year, had seen long queues of students seeking admission to these courses. While the college had over-admitted students last year, it has not even made five admissions to computer sciences in the first three days this year.

“Last year, we admitted 120 students for about 60 seats in the BTech Electronics programme the first day last year. On subsequent days too, the college was crowded with students demanding the course. Unfortunately, scrapping of the course has had the opposite effect. For 46 seats in BSc Honours programme, we have admitted only two students so far,” Maharaja Agrasen College principal Sunil Sondhi said.

“No-one wants to opt for these Honours programmes. Students are now heading to private universities to pursue BTech,” he said.

The scenario is not very different in other colleges. At Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma (ARSD) College — which is among the three colleges with 100 per cent cut-off  in Computer Science (Honours) this year — there has been just one admission so far against 44 seats.

“The removal of the BTech tag has affected the demand for the course. There is a dip of 3-4 per cent in the second cut-off list. We will see if the response improves in the second list,” ARSD principal Gyantosh  K Jha said.

As opposed to the 98 per cent for science students in the first cut-off list, the second cut-off for Computer Science for the category ranges from 94 to 97.67 per cent. For non-science students, the first cut-off was 100 per cent. The figure came down to 99 per cent in the second list.

Another college, which had kept the cut-off for computer science at 100 per cent for non-science students, Acharya Narendra Dev College has seen 20 admissions against 46 seats in the course so far. In Electronics (Honours), however, there have been just four admissions against 31 seats.

According to ANDC principal Savithri Singh, the dip in admission in Electronics (H) has been unprecedented. “Electronics has received a very poor response. For the first time in the history of the college, we have been forced to lower the cut-off for Electronics below that for Physics (Honours),” Singh said.

At Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, which offered BTech in Computer Science and Electronics, the response is similar. “We have admitted four-five students in the last two days in BSc (H) Computer Science and electronics,” Principal S K Garg said.

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