A look at the choices made by students in PG courses offered by Gulbarga varsity

Commerce and basic science courses are once again in demand among the students entering postgraduate courses in Gulbarga University for the current academic year.

For a total 50 seats available in the main campus of the Gulbarga University for the M.Com courses there were 1,400 applications. Apart from this there were good demand for the M.Com courses offered in the Post-Graduate centres of the University in Bidar (30 seats) and Raichur (30) seats and Government colleges in Bidar, Shahapur and Sindhanur having 25 seats each.

One of the features of this year’s admission process, which had been completed in Gulbarga University, was that many students did not get admission in their preferred courses, particularly commerce and basic sciences, due to the non-availability of the normal seats as well the self-supporting seats.

“The students were ready to pay more for getting the self-supporting seats also…..but we had very little of 23 self-supporting seats in M.Com this year and could not accommodate all the students,” said Registrar of the University Dayanand Agsar. He said that it was a welcome change that the basic sciences and commerce have got their due attention from the students. There was appreciable demand for the Master of Finance Control (MFC) course offered in the commerce faculty in the main campus with 15 normal and 15 self-supporting seats.

Dr Agsar, who is an accomplished microbiology teacher and research scholar, said the postgraduate courses offered in the basic sciences including mathematics, physics and chemistry were much in demand among the students this year. For the mere 80 seats available in the mathematics department on the main campus and the postgraduate centres there were 620 applications and the university offered another 50 self-supporting seats in the mathematics department.

Shift in preference

For the total number of 35 normal and 25 self-supporting seats in the Physics department, there were 428 applications this year; for the total 50 seats available in the Chemistry department there were 241 applications. In the life sciences also there has been a shift in the preference among the students and unlike in the past when the students preferred botany, this year they preferred zoology and microbiology in the postgraduate courses.

While there were 105 applications for 31 seats including the normal and self-supporting seats in the Zoology department there were 80 applications for the 35 seats offered in Microbiology. Surprisingly the courses offered in the Social Sciences department including History, Political Science, Master of Social Work, and Economics saw a lot of demand. For the total 489 seats, including the self-supporting 129, there were 2,465 applications this year.

However, traditional courses offered in the Arts faculty including Kannada, Janapada and English did not see a demand, mostly due to the advent of the Central University of Karnataka which is also offering the same courses. There was also drastic decline in admission to postgraduate law courses and there were no takers for 30 seats offered by the law department in Bharatiya Nyaya Darshana and Raja Dharma.

The five-year LL.M. courses also drew a lukewarm response. There was not even a single application for the 10 seats offered for the postgraduation in Sanskrit and there were only three applications for the PG in Marathi. There was also no demand for specialised subjects such as material sciences and embedded technology and sugar technology.