Govt. colleges receive over 15,000 applications

Staff Reporter

Total seats available: 1,848; rural students show interest

SALEM: The two Government Arts Colleges in the city received over 15,400 applications for 1,848 seats available in this academic year.

With the government waiving the tuition fees for all undergraduate courses in government colleges, a large number of students particularly from the rural areas applied to pursue their higher education, officials of the colleges said.

The Government Arts College on Cherry Road has received 12,200 applications for 16 undergraduate courses, which have 1,148 seats (including the seats in courses offered in the evening shift). The college received about 8,000 applications last year.

A majority of the students applied for B.Com (2,002 applications), B.Sc. Mathematics (1,242), B.Com (Co-operation) (1,200) and B.Sc. Computer Science (1,099), Principal R. Periyasamy said.

Tuition fees

The waiver of tuition fees has encouraged more students to come for higher education. We have received 60 per cent of the applications from the students in the rural areas, he said.

The College would conduct the following five courses in the evening shift B.Sc. Mathematics, B.Sc. Computer Science, B.Com, B.A. Tamil and B.Com (Co-operation). These courses have been selected based on the demand among students, Mr. Periyasamy said.

The counselling session for admission to science courses would be held from June 18 to 20, for Commerce and BBM June 21 and 22 and for other arts courses June 25 and 26, the principal said.

The Government Arts College for Women on Yercaud Road received 3,212 applications for 700 seats. Of them, a majority of 806 students applied for 120 seats in B.Com. A total of 506 students applied for 80 seats in B.Sc. Computer Science.

Principal in-charge R. Kuppayammal said that the college decided to offer the following five courses in the evening shift: B.Com, B.Sc. Computer Science, B.Sc. Mathematics (English medium), B.Sc. Chemistry (Tamil medium) and BA Tamil.

The counselling for admission to the courses in the college would begin on June 18, she added.

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