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Old LU courses are hotter than the new

india Updated: Jul 11, 2006 00:02 IST

DESPITE SO much craze for professional courses, conventional subjects still attract a lot many students. Going by the number of admission forms received by Lucknow University (LU) for Post Graduate courses subjects like Sociology and Social Work have received more than 1000 forms. A total of 1872 candidates are vying for admission to MA Sociology while 1294 applicant for Social Work.

English (981), Ancient Indian History (736) Economics (733), Political Science (667), MIH (534) are some of the traditional subjects that still have a sizable fanfare. The PG entrance test would commence from Tuesday and on the day one the entrance test will be held for Botany, Home Science and Electronics which will be held in the morning, afternoon and evening shifts respectively.

What’s the secret of the popularity of these conventional subjects? And the answer is not far to seek. Says Prof RBS Verma, head of Social Work Department these subjects helps candidate in various competitive examinations.

He explains: “Besides competitive examinations, there is lot of scope for students pursuing some of these traditional subjects like Social Work, Sociology, etc. There is lot many vacancies in teaching line for these subjects. Those who are interested in NGOs, etc also opts these subjects. We’re happy that students have not shunned these subjects even as professional courses are picking up well.”

Another reason for the popularity of traditional subjects are that even while doing the PG course, students can pursue other works. Since most of the conventional subjects are non-practical, it is not necessary for the students to attend the classes regularly. Hence these subjects become a favourite with the students. Another reason is less fees that also attracts many applicants.

But then this does not mean that science subjects are not doing well. In Science faculty, subjects like Bio Chemistry, Botany and Physics are some of the most sought after subjects. Some 511 applicants are vying for 22 seats in Bio Chemistry, 1004 candidates for 50 seats in Botany and 422 applicants for 72 seats in Physics. Overall in PG, Bio Chemistry is the most sought after subject.

Mass Communication in Arts faculty is also loved by several student. About 990 applicants are eyeing for this course that has very limited seats. In Commerce stream, more students have gone for Pure Commerce rather than Applied Economics. There are 160 seats each in these subjects against which LU has received 1066 forms for M Com (Pure) and 665 forms for Applied Economics.

Subjects  Seats  Forms received Pressure per seat 
Bio Chemistry  22  511   23
MMC (Arts)  46  990   22
Botany   50  1004   20
Social Work  125  1294   10
M Com (Pure)  160  1066   7
Sociology  300  1872   6