Lucknow-based Abdul Kalam Technical University (AKTU) which started admission for MTech offered by its Centre for Advanced Studies (CAS) has noted an unexpected increase in the number of GATE qualified applicants this year. “We were expecting a surge, but more than 10 times jump in GATE qualified candidates for admission to MTech programme is beyond our expectations,” says Manish Gaur, director Centre for Advanced Studies (CAS), Abdul Kalam Technical University, Lucknow.
The institute has received more than 100 applications from Uttar Pradesh this year as compared to overall only 10 last year. The presence of quality students on the campus will be encouraging for faculties and will make classrooms more competitive, he says.
The CAS has already shortlisted 86 candidates for admission to MTech programmes. However, some of the students are yet to submit fees to finalise the admission process. A total of 90 seats are offered by the CAS in five disciplines including Computer Science and Engineering; Mechatronics; Nanotechnology; Manufacturing Technology and Automation; Energy Science and Technology.
“There has been a change in societal mindset post the COVID-19 outbreak. Students have started opting for best local institution,” says Gaur, who believes that this trend will not be limited to AKTU, but others will also notice an increase in local applicants. However, he adds that having quality students on the campus means greater responsibility for faculties. “It is our responsibility to take care of their educational needs as they are opting for a relatively new institution as compared to well-known ones.”
Few institutes in Karnataka have also witnessed an impact on outstation applications post the COVID crisis in the country. “There has been a marginal drop in applications from non-Karnataka students for admission to undergraduate programmes so far,” says an official from a Bengaluru based college who prefers to stay anonymous.
Delhi-based Jamia Hamdard has also noted comparatively a smaller number of applications from outstation candidates for its BPharm course so far.
“There have been relatively fewer applications for BPharm courses as compared to last year,” says Syed Saud Akhtar, registrar, Jamia Hamdard. Although, he believes that this trend is not an after effect of the COVID-19 crisis but due to continuous uncertainty over the competitive exam. Admission to BPharm is offered based on the NEET score. The university will accept BPharm admission applications till July 25 and is hoping to have candidates from all over the country.
However, the university has not observed any adverse impact on admission to the MPharm programme due to the pandemic. The admission to MPharm is offered on GPAT score. More than 250 applications have been received for the two-year programme.