Few Seats in Science‚ Commerce: Students Opt for Humanities Courses

With colleges offering more seats for humanities as compared to science and commerce students in finds it difficult to secure a college seat in science or commerce stream. The issue concerning students is not procuring a seat for higher education but a seat in the desired stream. Most of the students are forced to either opt for humanities or move out of the state to pursue education in their stream of choice. This is the same situation is cities as well as district level colleges and universities.

As per the latest records (2009-2010) available enrollment records of the west Bengal council of higher education over 75 percent of the seats available in the colleges and universities across the state are in humanities stream. Of the 3, 82,616 students enrolled in the general degree colleges and universities, around 76.91 per cent students are enrolled in the humanities stream.

Since the colleges with science stream require well equipped laboratories and other infrastructure, the state higher education department has a usual practice to open a college with a number of humanities courses. Also in districts level, there are not many takers of commerce. "It is a fact that about 75 per cent students enrolled in higher education are in humanities stream. Most of them take admissions in the three year pass course. We are taking up initiatives to start more science courses in district-based colleges," said Subimal Sen, Vice-Chairman of West Bengal Council for Higher Education.

Most of the students admitted in pass courses of humanities stream do not go for post-graduation studies and hence are left with little choices on job opportunities but to opt for competitive examinations like railways, banks and school service commission