A N College, Patna
The number of applicants for vocational courses at the A N College here are ten times the seats available every year. Their number is almost double the number of students who apply for traditional courses at the college.
“Last year, an average of over 1,000 students applied for each of the six vocational courses the college offers,” says Professor Kamlesh Kumar, head of economics department.
The college offers as many as 23 undergraduate courses, six of which are vocational courses.
There are total 465 seats in vocational courses, including 45 in BSc in environment and water management (EWM), 120 in bachelor of computer application (BCA), 120 in bachelor of business management (BBM), 60 in BSc in biotechnology (Biotech), 60 in BSc in information technology (IT) and 60 in bachelor of library and information science (BLIS). Math in Intermediate is compulsory for students applying for the BCA.
The college that has received ‘A-grade’ accreditation from the UGC and NAC had launched EWM in 1996. Earlier, none of the colleges in the state offered vocational courses. Later on, other vocational courses were also launched.
Besides the vocational courses, there are 17 traditional courses that the college offers in science, arts and humanities. There are 780 seats in science stream with courses in physics, chemistry, math, botany and zoology.
In arts and humanities department, the college has 860 seats with 12 courses in economics, history, political science, public administration, labour and social welfare, psychology, philosophy, sociology, Hindi, English, Urdu and geography. All the courses in arts and humanities get filled very fast except in philosophy, Urdu and English that don’t get many applications during the last few years.
The number of students applying for the traditional courses is almost double the number of seats the college offers.
“In the last few years, none of our seats remain vacant,” said Kumar, adding, “We calculate the number of seats as per the department. If certain course does not get the desired number of students, we add those seats to other courses.
“But we make sure to give admission to as many students as the number of seats available in that particular department.”
The college has 50% of its seats reserved under various caste-based quotas as specified by the Magadh University (MU).
The college does not have any seats reserved under any other quota. The students applying have to write entrance test and they must have at least 45% marks in Intermediate.
The college also offers language lab with the course in communicative English. It has 60 seats and admission is already going on for this course.
In 2004, the college also launched MBA and master of computer application (MCA), both approved by AICTE. (TOI)