While an increase in the number of B.Com seats in English medium colleges was seen in the last decade, a decrease of the same in Gujarati medium university was seen.
The number of seats in Gujarati medium colleges registered a drop of 34.38% this year.
In the past ten years, it was seen that more and more students started opting for English medium and there was a decline in demand of seats in Gujarati medium universities.
When there were 4000 seats English medium for B.Com in the year 2005, there were 16000 seats for the same in Gujarati medium. These stats have changed to a huge extent with 14850 seats available in English medium for students and 10500 seats in Gujarati medium in the current year. A drop 5500 seats available can be seen in the last ten years in Gujarati medium seats.
There is quite a possibility that the increase in number of students opting for English medium will go up if students from Gujarat medium background are allowed to switch from Gujarati to English medium in their bachelor courses.
Former vice chancellor of GU, Parimal Trivedi, said, "When I was the vice chancellor, I had sanctioned 5,000-odd English medium seats to tackle the rush for college studies in English, as more and more Gujarati medium students expressed preference for English medium."
Saurabh Choksi, the principal of JG College of Commerce, said, "The trend was always there, but in the last five years, the craze for English medium has increased tremendously. One would often find Gujarati medium seats falling vacant, while the situation is reversed in English medium."