Sambalpur University offers option of switching courses to Post Graduate applicants

July 3, 2011 at 2:19 pm Leave a comment

Following report is from TOI:

BHUBANESWAR: The Sambalpur University has come out with a novel formula to revive its dying post graduate (PG) departments and at the same time admit more students in different courses.

Under the new system called the application transfer arrangement, if a student is not selected for the PG course for which he/she applied, depending on eligibility, the student will be “pursuaded” to take admission in some other course where seats are lying empty. Departments like statistics, anthropology, food technology, home science, bioinformatics and electronics subject generally receive very few applications.

Confirming the varsity move, PG Council chairman Prof B K Tripathy on Tuesday said students who will fail to get selected for a seat in the course applied for, will be counselled and given an option to take admission in one of these courses.

While there is just one applicant for statistics, which has 16 seats, there are very few aspirants for anthropology, food technology, bioinformatics electronics and home science.

Tripathy said there are very few colleges offering statistics at the graduation level. Hence, very few students want to pursue post-graduation in statistics. On the other hand, there are 66 applicants for 16 seats in MA or MSc mathematics. Some of these students will be given an option to take admission in statistics, if they want.

The home science department this year has just four applicants for 16 seats. “This may be because the course had a new nomenclature this year. It was earlier called MA/MSc in home science. From this year, the varsity has changed it to MA/MSc home science (nutrition and human development) ,” Tripathy said.

The varsity has got a record 250 applications for MSc Physics which has 24 seats. Some of these students will be given option to take admission in MSc electronics which has received around 10 applications for 20 seats.

The Sambalpur University Institute of Information Technology, which offers the bioinformatics and electronic courses, said students who have applied for MSc life sciences but failed to secure a seat will get a chance to take admission in MSc bioinformatics.

Students, however, are not optimistic about the move. “I have applied for maths. Why should I switch to statistics and waste my time?” said an applicant preferring anonymity.

Besides physics, departments of chemistry, English, sociology and political science also have received huge number of applications.

The varsity has got over 230 applications for 24 chemistry seats and 88 applications for 24 English seats. The varsity has got around 1800 applications this year for various PG courses compared to 1500 applications last session, varsity officials said.

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