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Monday June 27, 2011 12:37:57 PM, Alkesh Sharma, IANS

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Chandigarh: With cut-off for admissions in Bachelors of Commerce (B.Com) course in leading Delhi colleges touching an unbelievable 99 to 100 percent, many students from the national capital are seeking admission in Chandigarh colleges.

The University Business School, the centralised office of Panjab University for B.Com admissions, has received a good number of applications from Delhi students this year.

"We have received scores of applications from New Delhi students for admissions in the B.Com course. Right now it is difficult to give the exact number, but they have surpassed the last year's number. High cut-off in Delhi colleges has prompted the students to move towards Chandigarh," A.K. Vashisht, coordinator of B.Com admissions of the varsity, told IANS.

This year the university is conducting online centralised admissions in B.Com for the first time. There are around 4,000 seats in B.Com in 26 colleges in Chandigarh, Ludhiana and Hoshiarpur cities. Around 9,200 applications have been received and the admission process will start July 1.

"We have received applications from students of different states like Punjab, Haryana, (Union Territory of) Chandigarh, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. It is for the first time that PU is conducting online centralized admissions in B.Com. It would add transparency and avoid any scope of discrepancy in the admission process," Vashisht said.

According to varsity officials, the cut-off percentage for B.Com admission in 2010 was around 94 percent and is expected to cross 96 percent this year.

Ashish Sharma, an economics lecturer in a city college, told IANS: "B.Com has always remained one of the most sought after course among students of this region. A couple of years back, very few students from Delhi were applying here but now the trend has changed."

"Close proximity with Chandigarh, good colleges and quality life are attracting Delhi students. This year, competition will be certainly tough," he added.

The admission list will be uploaded on PU's official website June 28. This will include college allotment on the basis of merit and preference of the applicant.

The division of seats between the Union Territory and the general pool is 85 percent and 15 percent respectively.

However, students are both worried and enthusiastic about admissions.

"I have secured 95 percent in Class 12. Last year the cut off was 94 (percent) and this year it is expected to go higher. I am still not sure whether I will get admission or not," Karan Singh, a Chandigarh resident and a B.Com aspirant, told IANS.

Kokila Jain, a student of Delhi Public School (R.K. Puram), told IANS from New Delhi, that though she has applied in three-four colleges in Delhi, she still applied in Chandigarh "as I do not want to take any chances".

"One of my seniors is already pursuing B.Com in a Chandigarh college. He is full of praise for this place," she said.

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