456 students admitted against the available 664 seats for the science courses on Day 1

Admissions for postgraduate courses of Mangalore University for 2013-14 began on a smooth note with processes for 21 science courses of 15 departments under way on Monday.

In addition to science courses in the university campus, admissions were available for courses under the two constituent colleges of the university – University College at Hampankatta and Field Marshal K. M. Cariappa College at Madikeri.

The centralised admissions with counselling were conducted in Mangala auditorium in the university campus.

According to Central Admission and Counselling Committee chairman K. R. Chandrashekar, 456 students were admitted against 664 seats for the science courses.

He said the Chemistry department received the highest applications – 750 – for 130 seats covering Applied Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Chemistry. Among that, three seats at the University College remained vacant. All 52 seats of the Physics department, which had received 320 applications, were filled. Likewise, all 55 seats of Mathematics (180 applications); 26 seats of Applied Zoology (116 applications); and 26 seats of Applied Botany (100 applications) were filled.

No takers

He said that only eight students joined the Microbiology department at Field Marshal K. M. Cariappa College at Madikeri against 26 seats. There were 13 takers for Yogic Science in the university campus against 32 seats and 12 takers for Geo Informatics against 32 seats. In Marine Geology 10 seats were filled against 22 seats.

The admission process would close on July 19. Vice-Chancellor T. C. Shivashankara Murthy, who visited the auditorium at noon, said that simplification of admission procedure this time had helped many students.

He said the university had opened a counter for issuing eligibility certificates to students who wanted it on the spot. In addition, there were four bank counters. Adithi K. T. who graduated from Vivekananda College, Puttur, with B.Sc. said that initially she was disappointed to see that her name was in the waiting list of the Physics department. However, later she was happy to get the subject of her choice under merit category. Ms. Adithi, daughter of former president of Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat K. T. Shailaja Bhat, said she was not interested in politics but in teaching.