Higher Education

Higher Education

Conventional undergraduate courses likely to see a beeline

PUBLISH DATE 1st June 2017

A major chunk of the HSC passouts have secured second class. This implies that there would be a huge demand for admissions to conventional undergraduate courses -arts, science, commerce and vocational skills.

The results of the Class XII HSC exams were announced on Tuesday , and the state registered a pass percentage of 89.5.

The pass percentage in the second class -the 45% to 69% range -was highest at 47.66%. University officials said colleges put up merit lists because the number of applications usually exceeds the intake.

The real problem, however, is that many top scorers reserve admission to undergraduate courses and later withdraw it when they get seats in professional, engineering, medicine, pharma and other degrees.

College principals said they were unable to stop admissions of high scorers as seats are allotted on basis of merit.

“Once the engineering and medical admissions begin, students cancel their seats as and when their names start appearing in the admission rounds. As a result, other students in the second class and even pass class bracket suffer a loss,“ a city college principal told TOI.

Raghunath Pandhare, the admission committee head at another college, said, “The problem is not really with students who score above 90%.These students are clear about where they would get admissions. However, students who are in the distinction and above range up to 90% are usually uncertain about getting admissions to professional courses of their choice.They also have college preferences and some even move out of the city . In such cases, others who have got lower marks have to wait till these seats are cancelled.“

The Savitribai Phule Pune University has not issued any particular guidelines regarding admissions. Colleges follow eligibility rules laid down by the university , which tells them to follow `merit of marks and rules of reservation' while giving admission.

For special courses such as biotech, colleges only consider marks scored in physics, chemistry , biology and mathematics to prepare the merit list. For general courses, they follow the overall percentage.

In the results announced on Tuesday , Konkan division was first with a pass percentage of 95.20%, while Kolhapur came in second with 91.40%.Pune, with 90.6%, was third, while Aurangabad (89.83%), which was in the third position last year, was pushed to the fourth spot this year.