Pune: As the admissions process has moved online from application to declaration of results followed by online courses, and examinations and results have also gone virtual, private and government universities have reported an increase in at least 5-7% of student enrollment from outside Pune.
The vice chancellors and heads of universities said that students from new places who had never registered before, such as some southern states, Rajasthan, Punjab and New Delhi, have registered in their universities and they attributed the trend to the entire system from start to finish. become virtual.
Senior Director of Symbiosis Society, Vidya Yeravadekar, said he noticed an increase in registrations.
“Our registrations, as usual, are coming more from the northern states. Due to the pandemic, we were concerned that students would enroll in universities far from home. But surprisingly, more students signed up. Our percentage of students from outside Maharashtra is always higher.
Symbiosis had conducted a proctored home entrance test, so the university received registrations from all states in India including Jammu and Kashmir as well as southern states. The university received applications from many students from the northeast this time.
Confirming the trend, Rakesh Jain, Principal of JSPM’s Rajarshi Shahu College of Engineering, said students are taking advantage of the current mode which is virtual.
“It can be the admission process, the teaching-learning process, assessment and evaluation, and also the career progression of students at the end of the term, everything has taken the online mode. In short, the admissions for internships in higher education, everything happened online and it created a win-win situation for the students and the institutes,” he added.
All universities cited a 5-7% increase in external applications. Jain said that in their institute, students are enrolling from places that have never enrolled before like Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and others.
MIT World Peace University pro-vice chancellor Milind Pande said the university is experiencing this trend with students applying from across the country including Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Bengal. western.
Pande said, “The visibility of various colleges across India has increased during the pandemic as students and their parents discover information about the colleges by digitally browsing through their websites and videos and then make decisions. Those interested in pursuing their education abroad prefer colleges with international ties. We had also received applications last year, but Pune being a hotspot, many of these applications did not convert into admissions. But with the situation easing and students accepting virtual education as the new norm, at least for now, students across the country are applying.
Pande added that students select off-the-shelf courses like data analytics, design, liberal arts, public health, biophysics, nanophysics, hotel management, machine learning, robotics, augmented reality outside of basic and popular courses like mechanical engineering and computer engineering.
Last year, Ajeenkya DY Patil University saw fewer responses from students elsewhere.
However, this year the university is noticing that students are keen to consider university and are looking to enroll.
University Vice-Chancellor Hrridaysh Deshpande said, “Last year was an exception where many students took a break. A break is something they cannot take back. We see students coming back to us and we hope that more and more will think the same way.