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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

CAREER OPTIONS: Where the toppers queue up - BS!

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K. C. DEEPIKA / The Hinudu / July 4, 2011.

Big draw: At the counselling session for the four-year BS course at Central College in Bangalore. Photo: K. Murali Kumar
Big draw: At the counselling session for the four-year BS course at Central College in Bangalore. Photo: K. Murali Kumar - The Hindu.

Four-year integrated BS course of Bangalore University is a big draw
When Bangalore University (BU) started a four-year integrated Bachelor of Science (BS) course last year, no one knew that the course would attract a tremendous response. Those who had written off pure sciences courses are in for more surprise, as the recently held counselling for the second batch of students for this course saw an even better turnout. Toppers who had shunned medical and engineering courses had opted for the unique course, and all the seats on offer were lapped up on day one of the counselling itself.
Sample this: A student with 95 per cent aggregate in her 12th Standard is at the top end of the list of students the batch of 2011-12 has. The cut-off is as high as 81 per cent. The University is offering 20 seats each in four affiliated colleges: National College, Basavanagudi; Maharani Lakshmi Ammanni College, Malleswaram; KLE Society's Nijalingappa College, Rajajinagar; and Kristu Jayanti College, K. Narayanapura Road. This, apart from the 20 seats at the University's Jnanabharathi campus.
Among the 20 students at Jnanabharathi, four have scored over 90 per cent in the 12th Standard. Even the students selected under reservation categories are those with over 70 per cent marks. Further, only in its second year, the course has attracted students from outside the State too, such as Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Assam, perhaps because BU is the only university in the country (other than the Indian Institute of Science) to offer such a course.
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