Applications for admission to undergraduate courses (BA, BSc, BCom and LLB) of Lucknow University for 2016-17 are at a 10-year high. The total number of forms received till evening of the last day for submission of forms, was 26,135, which is nearly 38% more than 18,815 last year.
Officials of LU attribute the change in the admission procedure as the reason for the surge.Undergraduate admissions this year will be based on entrance exam and not marks of class XII as earlier.
While 1,747 forms were submitted against 120 seats of bachelor of law (five-year LLB), 6,753 were received for 477 BSc maths seats, 7,625 for 630 BCom seats, 2,816 for 280 seats in BSc biology and 4,013 for 1,414 seats in bachelor of arts.
For the first time that the number of applications have crossed the 26,000-mark in LU. The previous highest figure was around 25,000 in 2010. In comparison to last year, there has been a 40% increase in applications for five-year LLB, 20% for BCom, 20% for BSc (maths and bio) and 10% for BA.
Vice chancellor SB Nimse, said that earlier, students with low marks in 10+2 didn't opt for LU because cut-offs were high. But now, the number has increased because of the decision to conduct entrance examination which would provides equal opportunity to all.
The entrance test will provide an opportunity for admission to bright students who for some reason could not score high marks in class XII.
Admission coordinator Prof Anil Mishra said that till last year, the admission process used to begin late and by then, many candidates would have applied elsewhere.However, this year, LU's admission process has begun a month earlier than previous years, he added.
Source: Rahul Pandey, City Journalist - Lucknow, CollegeDekho