At a time when engineering colleges in Maharashtra see more empty seats, pure sciences and its branches are slowly making a comeback.
Mumbai colleges have noticed an increase in the number of students opting for Bachelor of Science (BSc) degrees, rivalling that of arts and commerce discipline.
Academicians say that the trend is encouraging and will give a new lease of life to the pure science stream. Students are choosing to give the tried and tested options of engineering a miss, say experts.
Sankalp Gaur, one of the top scorers of the Joint Entrance Examination, Main (JEE Main) has no plans to pursue engineering but has instead applied for admission to the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore.
Factions of science stream such as microbiology and BSc IT are also becoming very sought after. The application for BSc has also doubled in the last two years,” said Manju Nichani, principal, KC College.
The number of students taking the Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) scholarship exam, one of the exams whose scores are used for admission to the Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER) is also on the rise, say teachers.
“There is definitely an increase in the number of students wanting to opt for pure sciences in the past few years. Also, disproving the notion that pure sciences means no good jobs, we get some companies for placements exclusively for science students,” said Sucheta Ketkar, vice principal, Ramnarain Ruia College.
Another reason for the rise in popularity of science subjects, according to Jyoti Thakur, external coordinator of Jai Hind is the affordability of these courses.
“Not everyone can afford to purse engineering or medical degrees, unlike a course in BSc. Also, there is an added pressure of entrance exams which is a deterrent for many,” she said.