90 p.c. seats filled after first round of counselling: VC

More than 1,800 seats remained vacant after the first round of counselling for postgraduate courses by the Bangalore University.

The varsity will conduct the casual round of counselling for vacant seats across all postgraduate courses on September 7. Students can submit applications by September 5 to the respective PG departments, said Vice-Chancellor B. Thimme Gowda.

The varsity has spent about Rs. 45 lakh for PG counselling, he added.

Ninety per cent of the seats were filled after the first round of counselling, the Vice-Chancellor said.

The commerce stream turned out to be a favoured course this year, with students filling up all the seats available for the course in the varsity and its affiliated colleges. A total of 2,716 students applied for 922 seats.

Basic sciences also had a lot of takers, with courses such as physics and zoology completely filled up and botany left with just three vacancies in colleges affiliated to the BU. Computer science seats also quickly filled up. Interestingly, microbiology and biotechnology have 225 and 490 seats vacant respectively in colleges affiliated to the varsity. Among the language courses, English has 14 vacant seats in affiliated colleges; Telugu, Sanskrit and Urdu have vacant seats numbering 8, 14 and 13 respectively in the varsity. Hindi has 20 seats vacant in the varsity and its affiliated colleges.

Of all the courses offered by the department of commerce, only M.Com. seats have been filled. Master of Finance and Accounting, Master of International Business and Master of Tourism Administration have 56, 276 and 129 vacant seats respectively.

After the government disaffiliated nine B.Ed. colleges on Friday, Mr. Thimme Gowda on Saturday said reports on the 47 blacklisted colleges would be submitted by the respective local inquiry committees set up by the varsity on Sunday, following which the a decision will be taken regarding the colleges. Admissions to these colleges have been frozen for the time being.

The counselling will begin at 10.30 a.m. on the Jnana Bharati campus of the varsity for physics, mathematics, chemistry, biochemistry, history, economics, political science, sociology and social work courses. Counselling for the rest of the courses will be held at the respective departments of the university. Classes for the students who have been admitted will begin on Monday.

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