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Vacant PG seats cause for concern

The last date for taking admission to Patna University ended on Tuesday with a majority of postgraduate (PG) department seats remaining vacant.

For the past few years, humanities and language subjects were attracting fewer students, who preferred self-financing-job oriented courses. However, even these programmes failed to bring in students this time.

Patna University (PU), in the first week of July, extended the admission date to July 15 but it failed to fill up the seats. According to sources, departments such as personnel management and industrial relations, rural management and MA in women studies are a few courses where seats are lying vacant.

In personnel management and industrial relations, of 60 seats, only 46 students have taken admission this year. In rural management, out of total 60 seats, 46 students have got themselves admitted.

Prabhakar Jha, the director of personnel management and industrial relations, and rural management, said: “There are many reasons for seats remaining vacant. Late declaration of results of undergraduate courses at other universities is one of them.”

The situation of other self-financing courses is even poor. In the women studies course, run by the history department, only 23 students have taken admission this year out of 120. For the two-year MA course in women studies, 14 students took admission, while in the one-year diploma programme, only nine were admitted.

Anand Shekar, who has done his UG from AN College, said: “After completing graduation in economics, I was planning to take admission in personnel management and industrial relations but my UG result was declared after the date for applying for the course.”