Private varsities plan expansion, new courses to address high UG cut-off


Thanks to COVID-19, CBSE and several state councils did not conduct council exams this year, resulting in the announcement of results based on ad hoc assessments. Thus, the results of the 12th grade this year broke several records: the maximum number of students scored more than 95% of the marks in the 12th grade.

With such inflated estimates, the number of applicants to state universities has grown dramatically. This year, The University of Delhi received 1,70,186 applications. against 70,000 places in undergraduate courses.

As a result, at least 6 colleges at the University of Delhi, including SRCC and Hindu College, have set a 100 percent admission limit for some undergraduate programs. Even after leaving five cutoff and two special cutoff drivesThe percentage required does not drop below 95 percent for popular courses, while several colleges have closed admissions.

Likewise, many colleges at the University of Mumbai saw threshold increases of 10-13 percentage points. Jai Hind College has received a total of 5,513 applications for 60 places to enroll in the popular Bachelor of Science in Research Management (BMS) course, a college spokesperson said.

The University of Rajasthan this year also admitted 100% restricted students. For the BCom (Pass), the first list of merit was accepted for students with grades in grade 12 ranging from 100 to 95 percent. The fifth Merit List issued for the course did not undergo much change as only two students were admitted to the BCom (Pass) course with 96% and 93.80%.

With so many places and limited places in public universities, students are now looking to enroll in private universities.

In private universities, an increase in the number of candidates who scored points

Aashna Mendiratta, a Noida resident, scored 95.5% on the CBSE Class 12. Mendiratta planned to study a Bachelor of Economics (H) at any of the DU colleges, but was unable to enroll in any of the good colleges in the five compartments.

“I was hoping to go to any of the well-known off-campus colleges as on-campus colleges usually have a higher limit for this course. But this year, even off-campus colleges have sky-high limits. So I entered the BCom program at Motilal Nehru College, ”Mendiratta said.

There are several other students who, despite a decent percentage, have failed to achieve high performance in public universities and are now heading to private colleges.

Sharda University in Greater Noida has received a 30% increase in inquiries this year, admissions offices say. “About 2.25 million students have requested various undergraduate programs offered by the university, up from 1.75 million requests last year. This year, the number of students registering for admission has almost doubled, ”said Rajiv Gupta, director of admissions at Sharda University.

“The score has also increased by 90%, especially from the CBSE board applying to the university. Moreover, as Sharda University recruits students based on entrance exams, more and more students are participating in the admissions process here, ”Gupta added.

The Bharath Institute of Higher Education and Research (BIHER), Chennai, is seeing a nearly 50 percent increase in enrollment. As the institute conducts a special entrance examination for admission to UG, the thresholds for popular cases have increased this year due to more applications.

“The institution conducts admissions exams all over India annually and this year the board’s over-grades and restrictions did not directly affect our admissions process. However, with the reduction in entrance exams, there have been some changes for courses like BTech CSE and ESE. The threshold is slightly higher this year – 72% and 65% versus 65% and 60% respectively, ”said Dr. R. Hariprakash, Additional Registrar, BIHER.

Likewise, Amity University in Mumbai has also seen an increase in student enrollment this year.

Universities plan to increase the number of places

Flame Univesity, Pune has increased the number of undergraduate course places citing an increase in student enrollment at the university.

“We are seeing a surge in applications from students with very good scores. The number of places this year has increased compared to last year, and we are seeing a trend towards an increase in the number of applications from year to year. Some of the popular majors include finance, economics, psychology, public policy and international studies, ”said the admissions officer.

KL University, Hyderabad, has also planned to increase the number of places in high-demand courses. The university has shown a huge student interest in artificial intelligence and data science, while in the non-engineering areas, business analytics in management courses has aroused student interest.

“We plan to increase the number of places, since this year we are seeing an increase in demand not only for engineering courses, but also for courses in management, natural sciences and humanities. This year, 10% of the seats were increased in Computer Science Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, as well as in selected Management, Humanities and Sciences (MHS) programs, “said J. Parda Saradhi, Venture Director of the University. KL.

Whereas at Jindal Global University, Haryana, there is now a surge in applications for undergraduate programs. The university began the admission process well before the council’s results were announced, as the university conducts its own entrance examinations for admission to UG.

“Admission to the undergraduate program was completed around July and classes began in mid-August. However, in accordance with the guidelines for user-generated content, we left the admission window open and more and more students approached the university for admission after they announced the cessation of meals, ”said Upasna Mahanta, Dean of the JGU’s admissions office.

When asked about the expansion of seats, citing an increase in the number of applicants, Ashwani Awasti, MD, Amity University RICS School of Built Environment, said: “The allocation of seats will only be revised after analyzing the situation for at least the last 3-4 years. As CBSE introduced a new board examination scheme, it is designed to see how students adapt and score according to the new criteria. ”

Increased interest in job-oriented courses

A global survey conducted by INTO University Partnerships shows that 67% of Indian Gen Z students believe a university’s ability to provide them with the skills they need for their future is more important than their ranking, prompting more students to enroll in private universities.

At Amity University, apart from regular courses, students are also interested in non-traditional programs.

“Inquiries for non-traditional programs such as property management, logistics management, BBA international trends are also high this year as students show more interest in skills-based and job-oriented courses,” said Amity Univesity’s Avasti.

While FLAME University has added new interdisciplinary majors such as Data Science and Economics, Computer Science and Design and Design Management, bringing the total core offerings to 24 from 21.

“The decision to increase the number of places was driven by an increase in the number of applicants for admission, as well as a growing demand for programs that help equip the next generation with the necessary skills and knowledge that ignite the imagination in this rapidly changing environment,” – said the university.

Bharath Institute of Higher Education and Research (BIHER), Chennai, presented B Tech Defense Technology, B Tech Computer Science with a focus on Artificial Intelligence, Data Security, Machine Learning. In addition to engineering, he has launched these undergraduate-level courses, which include an undergraduate in data science and a bachelor in data analysis.

CollegeDekho, an educational service provider that links students to colleges and universities, also reported an increase in enrollment for job-oriented courses this year.

“Compared to 2020, we are seeing an increase in the number of applications for BCA (by 28.35%) and BA in agriculture (by 22.8%). We are also seeing an increase in the number of applicants for courses such as B.Pharm, Bachelor of Biotechnology, Bachelor of Nursing compared to 2020. ” – shared Ruchir Arora, founder and CEO of CollegeDekho.

“The employment situation during the pandemic changed the criteria for selecting courses for students, resulting in an increase in enrollment for selected courses at several universities. An increase in enrollment in areas such as information technology (63.42 percent), the paramedical sector (42.07 percent), pharmaceuticals (22.93 percent), management (16.48 percent), commerce and banking (15.34 percent), led to a sharp increase in student preferences. compared with previous years, which could lead to the fact that universities would increase the size of their parties. ” he further added


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