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No Takers for Pharmacy PG Courses

Admission to PG seats started a week after admission commenced in many private colleges. The fact that admission was notified even after some ...

KOCHI: The College of Pharmacy at Cheruvandoor, under the Mahatma Gandhi University, is the only institute in the State that offers nanotechnology research facilities in pharmacy.

However, more than half of the PG seats in the college remain unfilled as there are hardly any takers for the PG courses, due to the way in which the college has been functioning in the last few months.

Until two weeks ago, the college used to offer PG course in Pharmaceutics (18 seats), Pharmacology (18 seats), Pharmaceutical Chemistry (5 seats) and Pharmacognosy (5 seats).

As only less than 10 per cent of the 46 seats were filled, the students were shifted to the College of Pharmacy in Puthupally. “It is not that the course has no demand. The students might have chosen to study in other colleges due to the delay in admission notification. Once they join the other colleges, they would not join our college even if they get admission here, because those colleges will not refund the fees they paid,” said A J Chacko, associate professor at the College of Pharmacy, Cheruvandoor.

Admission to PG seats started a week after admission commenced in many private colleges. The fact that admission was notified even after some colleges conducted spot admission made things worse for the College of Pharmacy.

The Puthupally campus has 18 seats each in all the courses, except Pharmacognosy. While all seats in Pharmacology were filled when students from the Cheruvandoor campus joined, the seats in the other courses remain vacant.

  “There were two students for the Pharmacognosy course. Since the Puthupally campus does not have AICTE approval to run that course, those students could not be shifted there. Meanwhile, the students discontinued as they were not sure about the future of the course,” said Sajan jose, another professor.

“It is alleged that the number of seats allotted to the college is much higher than what is actually requires. About 120 students study in the college in degree courses. Of the students who are eligible for PG admission, only about 25 per cent apply. There are a total of 100 PG seats in the two colleges, which is way more than what is required. At present, more than 50 seats remain vacant here. In addition, the fee structure seems to be a bane to the college. While the fee is around `60,000 per year in private colleges, the fee charged here is `1,20,000 a year,” he said.

  “The number of students opting for the course is very low. As per norms, we can discontinue a course if there is no minimum number of students,” said Thanganathan, Director, SME.

 “As far as the fee is concerned, it is fixed by the government. Private colleges have reduced the fee to attract more students. In this case, the university has to take a decision,” he added.

  Some of the staff members of the college are of the opinion that the college could lose more seats in the coming years and end up not existing at all.

Source : The New Indian Express

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