Going by the previous years precedent,admissions to BCom,one of the most sought-after courses in city colleges,should have been initiated by the middle of this month. However,owing to a variety of reasons,the process appears to be set for delay. Last year the admission process for BCom,which is conducted online by Panjab University (PU) via a centralised process,was initiated in the third week of May wherein a coordination committee was set up for scrutinising the process. The application forms were then made available from June 1.
However,this year,the University has not yet set up the coordination committee and even the coordinator has not been appointed so far. Also,while last year the process was finalised by July 4,with the University declaring the final cut-off list for all the 11 city colleges by then,this year the first round of counselling is not likely to take place before July 9,confirmed sources.
GGDGS College (Sector 32) BCom admissions In-Charge Ajay Sharma said,We have been receiving queries from students,both from the city and neighbouring states regarding the application forms and procedure. But nothing has been finalised as yet and the process has already been delayed by over 20 days compared with last years schedule. Any further delay in setting up of the coordination committee will add to the delay in admissions.
The fact that the two officials who have been playing a key role in online BCom admissions since 2009 – when the process was introduced – are contesting the coming Senate elections this year,is being attributed as one of the reasons for the delay in the process. Head of the Computer Centre Dr Tankeshwar and BCom admissions City Coordinator Prof Karamjeet Singh,who has also been main coordinator both in the years 2009 and 2010,are busy campaigning for the elections.
Asked about the delay in announcement of the admission date,Dr Tankeshwar said,The Vice-Chancellor was not in the city for the last few days and the appointment of coordinator has to be approved by him. As he has joined back today,we may get clarity on the admission process soon.
Also,this year the cut off for admissions to BCom is likely to go high with a large number of students scoring above 90 per cent in class XII. This time the number of students in city schools securing above 90 per cent marks has turned out to be about 600,rising from 400 last year.
The admission to BCom takes place in city colleges via an online centralised system. The ratio of UT and General Pool is 85:15 in all the colleges (85 per cent seats are allotted to UT students and 15 per cent to outstation students).