There is a demand to hike seats for degree courses, claim students

Mumbai: Students applying for admissions to degree courses fear that they will be kept on the wait list in reputed colleges for certain sought after courses. Students have demanded that degree colleges should increase the number of seats for these courses. Most of these reputed colleges keep a limited number of seats, since they have fewer faculty. Following the declaration of the second merit list for degree courses, students say they fear that they may end up being put on the wait list after the third merit list is declared by the leading colleges. The cut-offs for courses like First Year Bachelor of Arts (FYBA), Commerce (FYBCom), Management Studies (FYBMS), Banking and Insurance (FYBBI) are high between 80 to 90 per cent in the second merit list for these courses in famous colleges, claim students.

Shaad Akhtar, a student, said, “Cut-offs are still high and we fear, we will have to be on the wait list. There are limited seats in these degree colleges and we are not sure if we will secure admissions despite scoring decent marks.” College authorities reveal they have a minimum 60 or maximum of 120 seats for self-financed courses. Anushree Lokur, in-charge principal of Ramnarain Ruia College, Matunga, said, “We have 60 seats for BMM, but the demand for admissions has been increasing over the last few years. Self-financed courses are in demand but we can accommodate only a limited number of admissions.”

Students claim seats should be increased for courses which are in demand. Lily Vora, a student, said, “If colleges are aware that certain courses are in demand then they should increase the number of seats. Colleges which have 60 seats can increase it to 120 to accommodate more students. The trend is changing as we are keen about pursuing creative and practical courses which provide us flexibility and maximum exposure.” Every year, some of us are kept on the wait list after the academic session begins for courses which are in demand, claimed students. Subhojit Roy, a student, said, “I was on the wait list for BMS course for two weeks after the college began. Fortunately, I got a seat later, else I would have been compelled to change my course since the general admission process was over by then.”

- Ronald Rodrigues

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