Student enrolment in southern Kashmir colleges drastically down

  • Irfan Amin Malik
  • Publish Date: Mar 11 2019 6:04AM
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  • Updated Date: Mar 11 2019 6:04AM
Student enrolment in southern Kashmir colleges drastically downFile Photo

The rate of admissions of students for under-graduate courses in different degree colleges of south Kashmir have dropped by more than half during the current year, despite authorities extending the deadline for enrolment twice.

Official sources say the colleges did not receive admission forms for the under-graduate programs of BA, BSc, BCom, BBA and BCA according to available capacity during 2019, pulling down the admission rate even after college authorities in the area extended the deadline twice for submitting enrolment forms.

The official figures Greater Kashmir checked from various Government Degree Colleges across the four southern districts of Kashmir reveal that for the first semester the admission rate has sharply fallen compared to last year."It is an alarming situation. The admission rate particularly in South colleges have fallen almost 51 percent compared to last year," said a senior professor at Government Boys Degree College Pulwama.

In Government Degree College Anantnag, the oldest degree college in southern Kashmir, last year 1835 students took admission but during this year only 860 have enrolled.Similarly, in Government College for Women Bhijbehra, last year 945 students took admissions which number has dropped and this year to 600.In Government Degree College Boys Pulwama had 1240 students in 2018 enrolled for the first semester program, but in 2019 only 560 students were enrolled.The trend has been observed in the Government College of Women Pulwama where only 600 students were admitted in 2019 compared to 900 the previous year.The Government Degree College Tral has also registered a sharp decline in admissions this year. Only 300 students received admissions this year compared to 680 in 2018.

Government Degree College Shopian has also registered a drop in admissions by half. In 2018 around 1400 students took admission here. This year the number has gone down to just 700.The worst numbers came from Government Degree College Kulgam. Compared to last year’s 1800 students only 800 have enrolled this year.Closer to Srinagar, in the Government Degree College Pampore, last year 250 students got admission in the institute, but in 2019 only 112 students have enrolled. An official in the department of higher education in Kashmir said due to less number of admissions this year the deadline of submitting forms was extended twice to February 16.

Reasons for the drastic drop in students enrolling in the colleges across southern Kashmir could be many.

Speaking to Kashmir Ink, many students blamed the university for delay in semester results ultimately affected the admission rate.Citing an example, a student Danish Ahmed said," The height is that the 3rd semester students of 2017 batch are still waiting results of their first semester."

Another student felt that the scenario has changed over the past few years.

"Prior to social media the students were hardly aware about the counseling and future endeavors. Now when every information is available at finger tips the students are interested in advanced courses," said another student Faizan Ahmad.

But most college lectures are of a different opinion.A senior lecturer at Degree College Pampore opined that the admission rate have fallen due to poor result of class 12th during 2018."A bulk of students have failed to qualify the 12th Class examination last year due to which we couldn't get many admissions," he said.

Availability of diverse choices in courses offered at different universities and colleges is a big reason for students avoiding to take old courses with less employability, some senior college professors say.The emergence of different universities, cluster universities and new colleges is a major reason why admission rate is declining in already established colleges, some say.Commissioner secretary higher education, Sarita Chouhan told Kashmir Ink that unavoidable circumstances in southern Kashmir has forced students to take admission in colleges located in Srinagar.

"Due to regular strikes the educational institutions most of the time remain shut, forcing students to take admission in different city colleges," Chouhan said.