Some colleges in the city have been surprised by the demand for B.Sc. seats

Heads of arts and science colleges in the city seem to be delighted by the admission trend this year.

Unlike in the previous year, students with higher marks in plus two have applied for basic science courses in large numbers, they say.

Does the trend indicate that students with good scores prefer basic science courses in arts and science over engineering courses? Yes, says Kanaka Bhashyam, principal, Seethalakshmi Ramaswami College. “This year, I could come across students and parents choosing basic science courses as a cost-effective option.”

A surprise factor has been the higher number of takers for Zoology and Botany courses. The demand for courses such as B.Sc. Electronics and B.Sc. Nutrition and Dietetics was quite encouraging.

Most of the colleges have completed admission for Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Commerce, and English Literature.

Thanks for the grant of equivalence, there was an upswing in the demand for B.Sc. Biotechnology and B.Sc. Microbiology at Cauvery College for Women. These students are preferred by manufacturers of mineral water for the post of water analyst, said the principal V. Sujatha.

At Jamal Mohamed College, a section of the girls chose B.Sc. Botany and B.Sc. Zoology with the idea of pursuing MBBS utilising the quota for UG degree, said the principal R. Khader Mohideen.

The choice of B.A. English Literature is driven more by the hope of students to secure teaching jobs in government schools at the earliest. “After completing the UG degree, students pursue their B.Ed and register their qualification with the employment exchange before returning to continue with the P.G. course,” said K. Anbarasu, principal, National College.

The colleges are awaiting a second cycle of admission after the students receive their mark statement this month-end. Students are perhaps unaware that they could secure provisional admission with printout of their marks, Dr. Khader Mohideen said.

Though it has been usual for top scorers to leave the college midway to join engineering colleges during the process of counselling, this year the number of bright students opting for engineering courses would be much lesser, the college heads believe.

Since the response of students depicts an encouraging trend, arts and science colleges are keen to exercise the option of increasing the extent of admission by 30 percent for certain permitted programmes.

K. Anbarasu, principal, National College: Admission to B.A. Literature is driven more by hope of getting the job of teachers

V. Sujatha, principal, Cauvery College for Women: Grant of equivalence has pushed up demand for B.Sc. biotechnology

R. Khader Mohideen, principal, Jamal Mohammed College: The colleges are awaiting a second cycle of admission