Getting into the city’s best colleges will be extremely tough this year, with the number of applicants touching a record high.
Leading the brigade is Asutosh College, which has sold a whopping 48,000 forms for 2,000 seats across 26 subjects. “Around 32,000 forms were sold last year. We’re amazed to see that so many students want to study here. We’ll write to the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the state government requesting extra funds for our upcoming second campus at Joka,” principal Dipak Kar said.
For Jadavpur University’s science faculty, 14,400 aspirants are vying for 270 seats. Last year, the figure was 5,500. The university’s arts faculty has received almost 10,000 applications compared to 6,000 in 2012. “The toughest competition is for English, where 4,255 students have applied for 55 seats. The faculty has 450 undergraduate seats,” Nandita Bhattacharya, JU’s arts faculty secretary, said.
Lady Brabourne College principal Siuli Sarkar said getting a berth in her college would not be easy, with 12,000 students scrambling for 570 seats offering 19 courses. “English, zoology and chemistry are the most sought after courses in our college,” Soma Samaddar, treasurer of the admission committee of the college, said.
St Xavier’s College has seen a 30% rise in the number of applications. “This year, 37,000 students have applied for admission, the highest being in B.Com, where 14,000 are vying for 1,100 seats. Thencomes English, where 5,000 students have applied for 65 seats, followed by economics, where we have 4,500 applicants,” Father Felix Raj, principal, said. “Students these days want to joint the best colleges. This is helping us, since we get to pick only the best,” he added.
Compared to 14,000 last year, Presidency University has received 20,000 applications this year for just 566 seats. “The demand for biological sciences is maximum, with 3,500 applications,” Prabir Dasgupta, registrar, said.
Scottish Church College has received 20,447 applications for 715 seats across 15 subjects, which is around 5,000 more than in 2012. “The most-soughtafter is English where we have 4,825 applicants, followed by zoology (3,144) and Chemistry (3,113),” John Abraham, principal, said. “One reason for the rise in applications is that engineering is no longer a craze,” he added. In Rabindra Bharati University, out of 4,000 applications, 1,500 are for English. Even Surendranath College has received 28,000 applications for 1,520 seats in 21 subjects.