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Arts, commerce losing charm

mumbai Updated: Jun 15, 2010 01:06 IST
Yashshri Soman
Yashshri Soman
Hindustan Times
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While anxious students were seen running around colleges on Monday, which was the last day of submission of forms for degree colleges, a few others were apprehensive about getting admission in the colleges of their choice.

“I have applied to six colleges for Bachelors of Management Studies (BMS) and Bachelors of Mass Media (BMM) and I hope to get admission in at least in one them,” said Amy Bhimani (16), who secured 80 per cent in her Class 12 examinations.

The most coveted colleges of the city said that self-financing courses like BMS, BMM, Bachelors of Science in Information Technology were the most sought after courses amongst students.

“In comparison to last year, we still have 60 seats for BMS and BMM respectively, but we have seen a marginal increase in the number of applicants for these courses,” said Dr Kirti Narain, principal of Jai Hind College. The Churchgate college received 1,900 applications for its 60 BMS seats and 1,227 applications for its 60 BMM seats.

Narsee Monjee College of Commerce in Vile Parle received 1,800 applications for its 60 BMS seats and Ramnarain Ruia College at Matunga received 700 applications for its 60 BMM seats.

While the self financed or ‘semi-professional’ courses seemed to be the ones in demand, some colleges did receive a large number of applications for the traditional Bachelors of Commerce (BCom) and Bachelors of Arts (BA) courses.

“We have received around 2,500 applications from non-in-house students [students who did not study in the college during their junior college] for around 65 BCom seats,” said Dr Shobana Vasudevan, principal of R.A. Podar College at Matunga.

St Xavier’s College at Dhobi Talao, which is in its first year of autonomy, received 1,500 applications for its BA course from non-in-house students for its 100 seats.