Shastry V.Mallady

B.Com., BBA, B.A.(English Literature) in good demand

MADURAI: With the Plus Two mark sheets scheduled to be issued on May 26, the next focus of this admission season will be arts and science colleges.

Various colleges in Madurai are gearing up for admission process for first-year undergraduate courses (aided category), which would begin in the first week of June. Admission for self-financing courses is already under way in some colleges.

As is the trend every year, Principals are seeing a huge demand for B.Com., B.Com.(Computer Applications), B.Sc. (Computer Science), BBA and B.A. (English Literature) this year too.

“The sale of applications in our college has already crossed the 5,000-mark. Students should select a course based on their inclination and interest rather than compulsion from parents. The Choice Based Credit System enables them to develop their skill sets and almost every undergraduate degree is having job opportunities these days,” says T. Chinnaraj Joseph Jaikumar, Principal, American College.

According to R. Poovazhagi, Principal in-charge, E.M.G. Yadava Women's College, spot admission for self-financing courses has started and there is a good demand for BBA this year. “The highest demand is for B.Sc. (Computer Science) and B.A. (English Literature). Admission for aided programmes will start on June 8 in our college,” she said.

Dr. Poovazhagi said that intimation cards for admission would be sent to students in the next few days and the college was planning to ask the Madurai Kamaraj University for additional seats in B.Com. and B.Sc.(Computer Science).

English teachers

The same trend is prevailing in Thiagarajar College also. R. Raja Govindasamy, Principal, says the demand for B.A. (English Literature) is understandable. “There is increasing demand for English teachers in schools and colleges. Moreover, these students can fit into any job as they will possess the communication skill.” This college has received about 700 applications for just 60 seats in B.A. (English Literature).

With regard to basic sciences, the Principals are happy that B.Sc. Physics and Chemistry are also on top of the list. “My advice to students is that they should apply in more than one college in view of the demand. Admission for aided courses will be done as per Government norms. It is time the students thought of inter-disciplinary studies,” Dr. Govindasamy said.

At Yadava College, which caters more to rural students, the demand for B.A. (English Literature) has increased in the last two years due to teachers' recruitment going on in schools. In this college, B.Com (IT) is in demand and applications are being issued now.

Another college, Sri Meenakshi Government Arts College for Women, is preparing for admissions which would be done through counselling based on rank list. Nearly 5,500 application forms have already been sold and registration is going on.

Two courses that have poor demand in the colleges, according to the Principals, are B.A. (History) and B.A. (Tamil). “Success of a student depends on his aptitude. Every student must develop it in whichever course he or she joins,” said Dr. Govindasamy.