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Majority of students opting for traditional subjects

A MAJORITY of students opted for traditional rather than vocational courses in the degree level. However, subjects like bio-technology attracted a good number of students. For 40 seats, 1250 applicants had taken the entrance examination. Traditional subjects but hugely popular with post-graduate students are physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology and zoology. A large number of students took admission tests to avail the subjects.

india Updated: Jun 13, 2006 00:02 IST

A MAJORITY of students opted for traditional rather than vocational courses in the degree level. However, subjects like bio-technology attracted a good number of students. For 40 seats, 1250 applicants had taken the entrance examination.

Traditional subjects but hugely popular with post-graduate students are physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology and zoology. A large number of students took admission tests to avail the subjects.

The total number of seats in physics were 287, chemistry 628, mathematics 505, zoology 395 and botany 384. Thus for the total 2199 seats in the traditional subjects the number of admission seekers was more than double this time. Sources said over 1000 candidates took the test in each subject.

Similarly, more students are going for degree and masters in physical education.

Considering the importance of the subjects and to cope with the fast changing academic scenario, the Chhatrapati Sahu Ji Maharaj University has created teaching facilities at three degree colleges including VSSD College, Kanpur, TD College Aurayyia and Chaudhari Charan Singh College, Etawah.

Besides, it has also started the course on its campus. At each teaching centre the university has allocated 50 seats in BPEd. All these teaching centres under the colleges are under Self Financing Scheme (SFS). However, for MPEd course there are only 30 seats.

The demand for the subject grew as the State Government has introduced physical training and sports as subjects in the Intermediate level. On the other hand, the number of admission seekers in industrial chemistry (100 seats), micro-biology (90 seats) and bio-chemistry (100 seats) has gone down. Only 200-300 students took the entrance test in each of these subjects. The lack of adequate resources, laboratory facilities, good faculty and difficulty in doing PhD in these subjects have made these courses unpopular among the students.

Post-graduate course in Home Science also failed to attract students. Although there are 780 seats for the subject, only 300 candidates took the test.

University sources said efforts were being made to strengthen basic infrastructure at the graduate and the post-graduate level not only to attract more students but to compete with premier institutes.