Over the years, the number of students opting for courses in the fields of arts and sciences has gone up in Chennai, Keeping in mind, the University of Madras (MU) has decided that they will be increasing the number of seats by 6700 seats. These seats will be divided between all the colleges that have been affiliated by the University of Madras. The authorities have decided that the seats will be increased from the on-going academic session.
Sources state since the time the new change has been released by the University of Madras, about 42 affiliated colleges and around 6 standalone institutions have applied for increasing the total number of seats in the courses for Arts and Sciences.
The Vice-Chancellor, P Duraiswamy has stated that a total of 81 sections for the undergraduate programmes meanwhile 33 sections will be allocated for the postgraduate programmes in the colleges affiliated with MU. He also added that since B.Com is a popular course that is constantly being chosen by the students across the state, there have been a total of 41 seats out of the 81 undergraduate seats have been dedicated to the course.
As per sources, the new seats will be added to the academic year of 2019-20. Out of the 6,700 seats that the University of Madras has decided to add to its current total seats, 5.500 seats have dedicated to the undergraduate programmes. The rest 1,200 seats will be added to the postgraduate programmes that are being offered by the University.
Duraiswamy has stated that the decision was taken by the University to deal with the issue of a fewer number of seats compared to the high number of applications being sent to the University. The increase in the number of seats, states the vice-chancellor, will result in an easier admission process for the students of CBSE and state-board students.
The increase in the number of seats has resulted in the introduction of many new courses at the University of Madras. Courses such as MA International Studies, BA Economics B.Sc Information Technology, M.Sc Data Science, MA Defence and Strategic Studies, B. Vocational in Banking, Financial Services and Insurance, B. Vocational in Tourism and Hospitality, B.Com (Hons), MA in HRM, BS in Sanskrit, B.Com Professional Accounting, B.Sc Psychology, M.Com CS, B.Com in Finance and Taxation, B.Com in Marketing Management. However, these courses will not be offered in all the colleges instead they will be provided in specific colleges alone.