At this rate, colleges may stop offering science courses altogether. Several seats in the stream are still waiting for students despite colleges coming out with second cutoff lists, and — on Tuesday — with third lists.
Hindu College has so far admitted 16 students in Physical Sciences against 30 seats. In Maitreyi College, where there were no takers for B.Sc. Programme in Applied Life Sciences last year, only 19 students have joined the B.Sc. Programme in Life Sciences after the second list compared to 42 last year.
Same is the situation for Physics (honours) and Chemistry (honours). Deen Dayal Upadhyay College last year admitted 45 students in Physics (honours) and the same figure after the second list is 18.
“There are no takers for science courses. Therefore, we came out with a third list,” said an official of the college. Maitreyi College has so far admitted just 11 students for B.Sc. Chemistry (honours).
“Last year, the figures were relatively better. There were 21 students in Chemistry,” said an official of Maitreyi College.
Science courses, over the past few years, have been losing in popularity as students opt for courses they think have brighter prospects.
And even among students who have enrolled themselves in science courses, colleges expect many of them to drop out once they get admission.