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The iconic Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has received an overwhelming number of applicants for its maiden four-year undergraduate programme to be rolled out this August. This shows a renewed interest in studying science among students.
The 101-year-old institute, which will launch its much-awaited bachelor of science programme this year, has received over 16,000 applications for some 120 seats. Such an overwhelming response an average of over 130 candidates vying for one seat is totally unexpected, says Professor Chandan Dasgupta, dean, undergraduate programme, IISc. The institute, which has decided not to tax class 12 students with yet another entrance exam for its UG Programme, will use multiple entrance tests for admissions. According to Dasgupta, at least 30% of students will be from among those who have been selected for the Kishore Vigyan Protsahan Yojana. Others will be chosen based on their performance in pan-India exams like IIT-JEE, AIPMT and AIEEE. The BS programme, which will have a strong inter-disciplinary flavour, has enthused students from different systems of schools and states. Dasgupta says though students from different boards have applied for the programme, more than half of them are from schools affiliated to CBSE. About one fourth of the candidates are girls, and applicants are not restricted only to Southern states. The eight-semester programme will have the final two semesters exclusively devoted to a research project. The course mandates each student to take a minimum number of courses in engineering and humanities, and offers six specialization options math’s, biology, chemistry, environmental science, physics and materials. Leading up to the launch of the programme, IISc director P Balaram said the BS programme had generated more discussions than any other programme that he has seen at the institute. While the major objection has been that introducing a UG programme would fundamentally alter the academic character of the institute, its proponents are of the view that bringing undergraduates to such an environment would do wonders for IIScs research ambience. Making of a Programme : The inaugural batch will commence classes from August 1, 2011 and graduate in June 2015. The graduates of the programme will obtain a Bachelor of Science degree with a specialization. There will be six specialization options Tuition for general category students will be Rs. 10,000 a year; full fee waiver for SC/ST candidates BS programme open to Class 12 candidates who have studied physics, chemistry and math’s.
Courtesy: Times of India
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