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Arts and Science Colleges affiliated to Bharathidasan University are now able to heave a sigh of relief as the State Government has permitted them to increase intake.

Government colleges and constituent units of the university are permitted to effect 20 %increase in seats for both arts and science courses, and aided colleges have received the go-ahead for increasing seats by 10 % for lab-based courses and 15 % for other courses. Self-financing colleges can increase the seats by 10 % be it for science or arts programmes.

For every student admitted here in the self-financing colleges or the self-financing programmes run by aided colleges, ₹1,000 will have to be paid to the university, as per the communication sent by the Department of Higher Education, Babu Rajendran, Registrar In-Charge of Bharathidasan University, said.

The colleges are required to make the additional admissions by this month-end. There is no dearth of demand. The late admissions are, in fact, a breather for Plus Two students of CBSE stream who were at a disadvantage due to late release of the public exam results, by when the colleges had completed admission process for most of the seats based on the State Board Plus Two results.

Despite reasoning by colleges that the practice of allowing 30 % increase in intake must be sustained in order to improve Tamil Nadu's ranking in Gross Enrolment Ratio in higher education, the university had discontinued with the system a few years ago, and had instructed the colleges to start additional sections if there was demand. The colleges, sources said, were not inclined to start additional sections, as it would not only entail making a one-time lump sum payment to the university, but also go though the rather cumbersome process of inspection by a university committee.

It is still not too late for making admissions though colleges commenced the academic activities a month back. Since the last date for admissions is July 31, the colleges are relieved that the timing of the response by the Higher Education department has been purposeful.

Nevertheless, the affiliated colleges are still at a loss to understand why the university had not thought it fit to allow them to utilise the capacities they had created long back for accommodating the 30 % increase over sanctioned seats, K. Anbarasu, Director, National College, said.


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