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Few takers for popular courses

delhi Updated: Jun 17, 2011 01:33 IST
Mallica Joshi
Mallica Joshi
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In a complete contrast to the admission trend in Shri Ram College for Commerce (SRCC) and Hindu College, not a single student came to take admission in B.Com (honours) at Kirori Mal College (KMC) on the first day of admissions on Thursday.

The response in Lady Shri Ram (LSR) College was also similar with only four-five seats filling up in the popular course. The response to history and political science was much better.

But this was hardly surprising as the cut-off for B.Com. (honours) in both these colleges was 97% for commerce students, higher than that of SRCC.

“A student who will get admission in SRCC will not come to us in any case. We were ready for this eventuality. Students should wait for the second cut-offs at KMC as they will be more realistic,” said Bhim Sen Singh, principal.

But the response for science courses was quite good with physics and chemistry being the most sought-after courses. The response in Hansraj College was also lukewarm. Only 10% of the seats were filled on Thursday. In B.Com (honours), only 45 out of 200 seats were filled.

Miranda House, however, was able to fill its seats for economics, political science and mathematics on day one itself. The college was able to fill 321 of its 499 general category seats on day one.

“The response has been phenomenal. We had actually analysed previous years’ data and set cut-offs. That is why, many students could meet it. In economics, political science and mathematics, I have over-admitted on day one itself,” said Pratibha Jolly, principal, Miranda House.

Colleges such as LSR, KMC and Hansraj are expected to come out with a second list for sure. “With the response we got in the first list, a second list in almost all subjects is assured,” said Ujjaini Ray, media coordinator, LSR.

But the second-cut off list could change equations for colleges like Miranda House. “If colleges like Hansraj declare lower cut-offs later, students from my college will migrate. In that case, I will have to come out with a third list,” said Jolly.

In other colleges like Kamla Nehru College, the response was lukewarm. Around 18% of the seats were filled on day one with not a single student taking admission in philosophy.

(with inputs from Shaswati Das)