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Choice of college, not course, comes first

Riddhi Kotecha, 18, a student of SIES College, Sion, will know if she will become a copywriter, a marketing professional or a psychologist based on second merit list’s cutoffs, which will be put up on her college notice board on June 22. Reetika Subramanian reports.

mumbai Updated: Jun 21, 2011 01:02 IST
Reetika Subramanian

Riddhi Kotecha, 18, a student of SIES College, Sion, will know if she will become a copywriter, a marketing professional or a psychologist based on second merit list’s cutoffs, which will be put up on her college notice board on June 22.

Kotecha, who scored 64% in her HSC exam in the arts stream, has applied for three courses in her college, just to ensure that she gets to graduate from there.

“Over the last two years, I have become so used to travelling to Sion that I can’t imagine going to a new college and starting afresh,” said Kotecha, who missed out on the first merit list for the Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS) course by two marks.

“In case I choose to move out of my comfort zone, I will be spending my first year fitting in and finding new friends, which doesn’t make much sense, ” she added. For the time being, she has secured a seat for the BA programme at SIES through the in-house college quota.

Like Kotecha, several other city students have chosen to stay on in their home colleges over pursuing their favoured courses in other colleges.

“When I apply to foreign universities after my graduation, the name of the college will carry greater weight than the course from an unrecognised college,” said Anupama Sahai, 18, who will forego her BMS seat at an Andheri college, where her name appeared on the first merit list. For now, she has also confirmed her seat for a BSc course at DG Ruparel College, from where she completed her Class 12.

Some students plan to get enrolled into part-time courses alongside their degree programmes. “With my score, I can’t get into the Bachelor of Mass Media course. So, I have secured a seat for the BA programme in my college and will pursue some media-based diplomas alongside,” said Nupur Kalose, 18, a student of Ramnarain Ruia College, who scored 61% in her HSC exam.