Prevented from increasing student’s intake for the second year in a row, government-aided and self-financing arts and science colleges have sought relief from Bharathidasan university considering the overwhelming number of applications.
The issue is likely to echo in the senate meeting scheduled for June 29. Allowing affiliated colleges on increasing students intake was the prerogative of university until two years back. But the state government put a blanket ban on increasing seats from last year giving exception only to government colleges. Thus making students from rural background and economically weaker sections to depend on government colleges. Considering more number of applications than previous years in these colleges, the total number of seats has been increased by 20 % in government colleges.
Sources from the Bharathidasan university say that there are very few colleges making this demand and many of the selffinancing arts and science colleges are indeed struggling to fill seats. “But it will devoid many deserving students to pursue higher education in the colleges of their choice with good infrastructure and better facilities,” said principal of Jamal Mohamed college, S Ismail Mohideen.
Only those colleges with the infrastructure to accommodate more students can be allowed to increase the intake, he said. Every year, a few students discontinue their course after first or second year after. While there are multiple reasons for it, such seats go vacant without doing any good to anyone. We can compensate for such seats if allowed to increase intake,” he said.
Bharathidasan University in 2017 had approved to intake additional seats for UG/PG courses above the sanctioned strength in its affiliated colleges after charging a fee. Government aided college was allowed to add 15% more seats to non-laboratory courses and 10% to the laboratory courses.
Self-financing colleges could add 10% more than the sanctioned strength., Vice chancellor P Manisankar said that there has not been any communication from the government other than government colleges to increase the intake. We have received letters from colleges and have forwarded the same to the government for consideration, he said.