Much like monsoon discount sale that has become a rage in several shopping complexes in the city, the colleges too have started bending over their backs to attract students. For example in Ahmedabad, Avon Pharmacy College has decided that the first year students will have to pay a nominal fee of 5,000 only. This is barely enough to cover the cost of chemicals and laboratory experiments. In the rest of the three years, the fees will be according to the official fee-structure. The move is aimed at attracting students, said member secretary of admission committee for professional courses, M. N. Patel.
Most engineering and pharmacy colleges of Gujarat in order to woo students have announced this scheme students with merit points between 1 and 1,000 will have their fees waived off for the first year. If your merit score is between 2,000 and 4,000, your fee shall be deducted by 50 per cent. And, if your merit number is from 4,001 to 5,000, then 25 per cent of your fee shall be deducted. The trend is visible in several self-financed colleges across the state. The reason is there are more seats available as compared to the number of applicants. In 2011, pharmacy colleges across the state were forced to operate with 4,000 empty seats.
In engineering colleges 3,500 seats remained vacant last year. The paucity of students had forced colleges like HN Shukla Pharmacy College in Rajkot to make changes in its fee structure. Despite the fact that the states fee regulatory committee had fixed its fee at 64,000 per annum, the college had written back to the committee, seeking permission to lower it to 44,000, said an ACPC member. This year too, the same scenario is being repeated. College administrations are apprehensive that over 10,000 seats will remain empty in Gujarats pharmacy and engineering colleges.
President of Gujarat State Self-financed Pharmacy College Management Association, P. K. Ruwala, said: Three colleges in Gujarat have announced scholarship schemes for 10-15 % meritorious students. This is a nationwide trend. From 2008-09, Gujarats pharmacy colleges are seeing a steady decline in admissions. The state governments policies are responsible for this to an extent.
Problem acute in rural areas:
The problem is acute in rural areas where most of the students don’t show any inclination to go for academic careers. Three pharmacy colleges have recently written to the Gujarat Technological University authorities seeking permission to close down the institutes.
Admission process for M.Pharm courses begins:
Admission process for M.Pharm courses began on Tuesday, 3rd July, 2012. Colleges will accept forms till 5th July. Though 4,600 seats are available, only 50 applications were submitted on day one. 1,200 M.Pharm seats had remained empty last year.
Courtesy: Times of India