As the race for college seats gathers pace in the city, Post Graduate Government College, Sector 11, has emerged as the most sought after institute in the city.
The college has so far received 7,442 applications, leaving behind Government College for Girls, Sector 11, which, has received 6,306 applications and until last year, was the most preferred college.
This year, the UT education department had, in an attempt to simplify the process, introduced online admissions. The department said it received a total of 25,215 applications this year.
Government College for Girls, Sector 42, which received 5,819 applications, emerged third with 5819 applications, PGGC -46 received 3,514 applications and PGGC -42 has received 2,078 applications.
Regional Institute of English (RIE), Sector 32 has received 56 applications. The applications include both students from the city as well as outstation candidates, for whom are 15% seats reserved in colleges.
BCom courses, admissions to which have been centralised by Panjab University, have received the largest number of applications. In 2013, the cut-off for BCom at SD College, considered to be the most popular college offering the course in the city, was 96%. This figure is expected to rise this academic session.
“”Among other courses, bachelor of arts has received the most number of applications. Computer science has also received a substantial number of applications. The last date for submission of applications was extended. Admissions will now begin from July 7,” said director of higher education Sandeep Hans.
Academicians say that admissions could be more competitive this year, with students performing well in Class 12 examination across the country this year.
They also say Panjab University’s ranking in Times Higher Education Asia University this year could also be the reason for attracting students from outside Chandigarh. Earlier this year, Times Higher Education Asia University had ranked PU as the number one institute in the country.