For example, despite the pandemic, the PG courses in Mangalagangothri were able to attract 1,266 applicants last year, out of a total of 2,089 enrolled, while this academic year they fell to 1,186. The total number of places PG for this year is 2,130 and the campus offers PG programs in 42 subjects. MU had organized a special admission campaign, but it was still unable to fill the seats. Almost half of the total number of seats remained vacant. The situation is the same on the other three PG campuses of MU.
Manjunatha Pattabi, dean of the faculty of science at Mangalore University, said the most affected stream is humanities, which has the lowest admissions. It is followed by trade. Science is doing well, especially the core subjects, he said.
The main reason affecting admissions is government and unaided university colleges offering PG courses. As a result, students find it more convenient and affordable. “When PG courses are offered at institutions near you, students can save on accommodation and other expenses. Second, fees in government colleges are lower than those on university campuses. The structure of university fees falls between the fees of private and public colleges. As a result, MU are left with several vacant seats,” he said.
A professor added that the MU campus in Madikeri has also failed to attract students. “Those from Madikeri prefer to gain admission into Mysore University (UoM) instead of MU. They come here only when places are not available in UoM. The PG campus at Chikka Aluvara, which offers 10 courses, enrolls 535 students and received only 158 admissions this year.
Some of the courses have received single-digit admissions at the Mangalagangothri campus. There are 50 MEd places, but he has only received six admissions. Economics with 80 seats, has only nine entries. Other courses with single-digit admissions are Electronics and Materials Science.
A few professors pointed out that the number of PG seats should be reduced, otherwise it will affect the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) ranking.
“We will be holding an Admissions Review Committee meeting soon. The committee will discuss why there is low demand for certain courses and how it can be improved. We cannot blame Covid-19 alone for the decline in admissions, and there are other factors to this as well,” said PS Yadapadithaya, Vice Chancellor of Mangalore University.