Now they are on excited and anxious course

In full steam: Filled-in applications being scrutinised for admissions to undergraduate courses in D.G. Vaishnav College at Arumbakkam.

In full steam: Filled-in applications being scrutinised for admissions to undergraduate courses in D.G. Vaishnav College at Arumbakkam.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: V. Ganesan

Meera Srinivasan

College admission scene is buzzing with thousands of students competing for lesser number of seats

CHENNAI: For Class XII students, the ordeal does not stop when their examination results are out. In fact, for many, it begins with their hunt for a preferred course in a good college. This year’s college admission scene is buzzing with activity with several thousands of students competing for far lesser number of coveted seats.

Whether it is admissions to professional courses such as engineering or medicine, or to courses in arts, sciences and humanities, every student has several others competing for a particular course at a particular college.

With the counselling for engineering courses set to begin early next month , aspirants are, in the meantime, waiting for the results of the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE), which is expected to be declared very soon.

With an improvement in overall performance and a significant increase in number of centums in core subjects, students of the State Board are giving their CBSE counterparts in the State very stiff competition.

“My aggregate in core subjects is 93 per cent. I won’t figure high on the rank list for admissions to colleges in Tamil Nadu as State Board students have such high scores. I hope my AIEEE performance is good enough for admissions to one of the NITs,” says K. Ramesh, who went to a CBSE school.

For students and parents, admission largely means getting into a good college, specialising in a particular stream. However, some tend to give the course or stream more weightage, failing to check if the institution is good enough, some in the academia say.

Senior academics say getting into a good college is as important as pursuing a good course. Anna University’s former vice-chancellor E. Balagurusamy says checking if an institution has the necessary infrastructure to impart the courses it offers is imperative.

Stiff competition

This rule holds good even for students applying to arts and science colleges, as they are battling stiff competition.

Presidency College, for instance, has received 4,000 applications for the 40 seats available in B.Com.

“The cut-off for those in the open competition category will be around 98.44,” says S. Ramanathan, who retired from service as the college’s principal on Saturday.

In all, the college has received over 9,000 applications for the available 785 seats across departments. Students will be admitted through counselling, which begins on June 16.

B.Com, B.Sc Phsyics, Mathematics and Chemistry are courses that are most sought after in this college.

The new academic year will also see the implementation of the choice-based credit system. “Students will get to choose from a wide range of subjects, at the undergradtuate level itself,” Prof. Ramanathan said.

The new academic year will also see the transgendered pursue education in city colleges.

S.Narasimhan, Principal, D.G. Vaishnav College, observes a nearly 20 per cent increase in the sale of applications this year. “We have computerised the entire admission process this year. Students are being given a unique ID which will be retained if they are admitted.

For every seat in B.Com, there have been at least 20 applications. Similarly, the demand for B.Sc courses is also on the rise, he points out. “Changing the nomenclature of Botany to Plant Biotechnology has resulted in greater demand for the course,” he adds.

BCA and B.Sc Computer Science are also courses that are in great demand. Principals also point to an increase in demand for courses in Economics, Psychology, media-related courses and courses on Corporate Secretaryship.

“I have applied to four city colleges. I want to study B.Com, but I am not sure if I’ll get a seat as my aggregate is only 88 per cent. I have also applied for BBA and Literature as back-up options,” says S. Gurupriya, who aspires to study Chartered Accountancy if she gets B.com.

Parents say the period from their child’s entry into Class XI to his or her first day at college is nightmarish. “First, it is anxiety about the results. Then, it is about admissions to a good college. There is so much pressure both financially and emotionally,” says R. Sundar, a parent.

“Because of this competition, the child who has done well and scored over 85 per cent is made to feel he or she is not good enough,” he adds.

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