Few Takers for Post Graduate Courses at ANU
The university conducts admissions through a common entrance test and the counselling for different courses ended on 23rd July, 2010.
Except for professional courses, the slide in admissions for PG seats in languages, arts and pure sciences has continued this year too, forcing the university authorities to opt for spot admissions.
Self – financed courses have taken a beating since few students are opting for them.
ANU Director of Admissions M.V.S Koteswara Rao told on Tuesday that a decision on the dates for conducting spot admissions might be taken on Wednesday.
The university is awaiting a decision from the Cabinet Sub – Committee to finalise the fee structure.
The poor trend of admissions in M.A (English, Political Science, Sociology, History etc.) continued this year, but what has been alarming is the dip in admissions into PG courses in pure sciences, particularly in affiliated colleges.
M.Sc (Chemistry), which was once in great demand, has few takers now, with 1,091 seats out of 2,931 remaining vacant.
In M.Sc (Physics), 477 seats out of 738 have not been filled. Even M.Sc (Maths), considered a ‘safe bet’, has fallen out of favour with 580 out of 855 seats not being filled up. Even the famed applied sciences, like biochemistry and aquaculture, have few takers. Out of 336 seats in M.Sc (Biochemistry), 223 are still vacant.
But new – age courses like Environmental Science, Home Science, Nano – Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Chemistry are in great demand and the admissions are almost complete.
“It is true there are few takers for PG courses as most are opting for professional courses. Most are opting for distance education programmes as they offer flexibility.
Courses should be revamped and serious students provided avenues for research,” said Dr. Koteswara Rao.