Oxford of the East
Starting today, HT will take admission-seekers on a tour of some top colleges not just in the Capital, but also in other states. We begin with a look at colleges in Pune.Updated: May 15, 2008 00:43 IST
Last year, 1,00,000 students applied for the coveted undergraduate seats at the Delhi University (DU). But after countless hours of nail-biting suspense, only about 35,000 got through the doors of the great varsity. That means a whopping 65,000 were heartbroken for not making it to their dream colleges in DU.
The story will not be different this year because DU’s capacity has remained almost the same, whereas the number of those knocking at its door has been increasing every year.
"We take the load of 45-55 per cent of admissions among all the central universities. But everyone cannot be admitted to the few top colleges," says Vice Chancellor Deepak Pental. “So we must guide students to look beyond the conventional to find career paths."
Hindustan Times brings you this special series to help you do exactly that — look beyond the conventional. Over the next few days, we will give you information on some of the best courses available at the top colleges in cities across the country. These are cities that are known for their vibrant, melting-pot cultures and their colleges are famous as much for their academics as they are for the fun quotient — much like your dream colleges in Delhi.
So if you cannot make it to the final admission lists, don’t be heartbroken. Who knows, the right college and the perfect course could be awaiting you beyond DU.
BA Economics, Psychology and Political Science, BSc Biotechnology, Microbiology and Computers
Last year's cut-offs
BSc — 60 per cent
BA — 87.75 per cent
For BSc course, the total seats: 720. For Arts courses, the total seats: 360, out of which almost 50 per cent seats every year go to students who pass out from Fergusson’s junior college.
10 per cent
N/A. Admissions on merit basis of Class XII marks
Availability of application forms
First week of June. Admission process begins in second or third week of June
; Tel. no.: 91-20 25654212/25654760
Fergusson College has 122 years of history as the flagship of higher education. Spread over 65 acres, the college, which is situated in the heart of the city, has one of the best libraries in Pune.
Ex-Prime Ministers P.V. Narasimha Rao and V.P. Singh, former Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting VN Gadgil and freedom fighter Veer Savarkar.
Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce (BMCC)
*Last year's cut-off:
84.5 per cent
*Total Seats available:
600. Out of this, only 120 are allotted for fresh admissions, while the rest are allotted to students from BMCC-run institutions.
10 per cent
N/A Admissions on merit basis of Standard XII marks.
*Availability of application forms:
June 5 onwards. Admission process begins from second week of June
http://www.bmcc.ac.in/ Tel. No. 91-020 25654943
The college has a fully computerised library, which maintains some of the rare and quality books.
Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and the chairmen of various banks, among others.
ILS Law College
*Popular courses: Five-year and three-year degree course in Law. The three-year course is available after graduation, while the five-year course is available post Class XII.
For five-year law course:
*Last year’s cut-off:
85 per cent
20 per cent
Total no of seats - 167
N/A. Admissions on the basis of Class XII marks.
*Admission forms availability:
Students are advised to see college website for updates regarding admission dates.
http://www.ilslaw.edu/ Ph. No.: 91-20-25656775
It is ranked amongst the top three law colleges in the country. Its library is rated among India’s best.
Three Chief Justices of India, including ex-CJI Y.V. Chandrachud, and Justices of the High Courts as well as Governors and Jurists passed out from this college. Chief Minister of Maharashtra Vilasrao Deshmukh also graduated from this college.
(Compiled by Yogesh Joshi)