There has been a tremendous increase in the influx of students from Delhi,opposing the trend over the years. Due to the unprecedented increase in the cut-offs of sought-after courses at Delhi University,students are making their way to Panjab University to seek admission for such courses.
Earlier,there was a furore to go to Delhi by students residing in Punjab and Chandigarh,but now a large number of students are coming to PU from Delhi to pursue their higher education.
Therefore,a reversal in trend has been sighted over the past few years and is attributed to various reasons.
A senior official in the Administrative Office at the Panjab University said,Due to the reputation enjoyed by the Panjab University,students who do not get through to good colleges in Delhi,consider PU as their next best alternative. Particularly for courses like BCom,Economics,English and Engineering courses,there has been a tremendous increase in the application forms we receive from Delhi students. The proximity between Chandigarh and Delhi is also another factor.
Ajay Sharma,coordinator (official) at GGDSD,Sector 32-C,said,In the academic year 2010-2011,out of 680 general category students,190 were from Delhi. In 2011-2012,of the 700 students,who applied for various BA,BSc and BCom courses under the general category,250 students were from Delhi. Viewing the past records,the number has just been increasing.
According to a professor at the Department of Economics,The cut-offs at DU are excessively high for economics,therefore,a large number of students come to PU to pursue their higher studies in economics. Of the total number of applications received from outside the tri-city,one-fourth is from Delhi.
Chander Prabha Sharma,admission in-charge of the Departments of English,said,For post-graduate in English,the number of students that apply to PU has doubled over the past few years.
Manu Sharma,coordinator,University Institute of Engineering and Technology,said,Since our college is ranked among the top 35 engineering colleges in India,the number of students applying from Delhi has always been high. But over the past few years,the number has increased to a great extent. In 2012-13,the number of students from the NCR region was 100,but in 2013-14,more than 130 students have enrolled from Delhi. In Electronics and Communication Engineering,one-fourth of the total number of students in a particular class are from the NCR region.
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