For every seat in undergraduate courses, prominent colleges in the city have received 12 to 14 applications, this season.
The competition for every single seat, according to college principals is stiff and even tougher for students outside Maharashtra with admissions closing between 93 and 96% for the arts faculty.
Contemporary courses in BSc like biotech, zoology, bioscience, geology, or plain arts, business administration and computer science are much in demand, they added.
Principals attributed the popularity of these courses to the lack of opportunities for engineers, the tough competition in the medical field and a better awareness to complete higher education among parents as factors leading to a huge demand for graduation courses.
Principal of Sir Parshurambhau College, Dilip Sheth, said, “We have experienced that industries these days prefer graduates over engineers. Engineers have a lot of salary expectations. Industries spend 12 to 18 months training these graduates as per their requirements for a job-ready workforce.”
At the college, for 480 seats in arts and science faculties each, there were over 6,000 applications where as for the bachelor in computer science course, for a total of 80 seats, the college received 1,000 applications.
The situation was extremely tough at Fergusson College this year for arts and science faculties. Chairman of the Deccan Education Society that runs the college Vikas Kakatkar said, “The quality of education we offer is drawing students to our college for graduation courses. There are a lot of options when students opt for classic courses these days hence the demand has gone up.” The college received 13,600 applications for arts and science seats which have an intake of 640 seats each.
Rajendra Zunjharrao, principal of Modern College of Arts, Science and Commerce said, “There are a few autonomous colleges in the city. Students are still not aware about autonomous colleges and hence there is a lot of rush to university affiliated colleges like us. There is a lot of pressure for admission in terms of applications against the intake in our college and we have a double rise in the intake from the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU).”
At Modern College, there are 480 seats for each faculty and over 2,500 applications were received for admission. Zunjharrao said there was greater awareness among parents to ensure that their children take up the right course.
Abasaheb Garware College had a similar experience. Principal Muktaja Matkari said, “There is a rush in some colleges. Students prefer to take admission for pure science after they fail to get admission to medical, engineering, pharmacy, dentistry and other allied fields.”