Students shy away from pharma colleges- Report from Times of India

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AHMEDABAD: Admission Committee for Professional Courses (ACPC) has said that a number of pharmacy colleges are in big trouble as 42 out of 83 colleges have got students between 0 and 9. These colleges have been able to attract less than 10 students against granted strength of 60.

There are 16 colleges which have got only one student each, while four colleges have only two students. Two colleges have received only three students. Officials said that 2,800 seats have remained vacant in pharmacy colleges. There are a total of 5,000-odd seats in the pharmacy colleges.

Academicians said that pharmacy has fallen out of favour with students since the past couple of years as the job opportunities have significantly shrunk in this sector. "Many students are offered jobs with salaries of Rs 2,000 to 5,000 which is less than minimum wages," said an academician from a college.

ACPC officials said that last year, eight pharmacy colleges had applied for closing down as they were not able to attract students. This year, there is a possibility that a dozen colleges will apply for the shut down.

In engineering, 10% of the 110 engineering colleges have got students on only 50% of the strength granted. In all, 7,400 seats have remained vacant in the engineering colleges.

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