LUCK NOW This year there has been a noticeable decline in the number of applicants for BPharma courses at universities affiliated to Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University (AKTU). Despite having more than 31,000 seats available in approximately 390 pharmacy colleges, only 3,524 eligible candidates have completed the admission procedures through counselling.
Consequently, more than 24,000 BPharma seats remain unoccupied. Universities are turning to direct admissions, a common practice in engineering courses, to fill these vacancies. This year, AKTU started the admission process later than usual, starting in September due to technical issues as the university did not comply with AICTE rules.
Mahesh Kumar Agarwal, president of Goel Institute, expressed concern and said, “Of the 100 BPharma seats available in our two colleges, we have managed to secure only 20 admissions. This is mainly due to the delay in the admission process by AKTU. We now have to strive to fill these vacant seats through direct on-the-spot admissions, which may be difficult in October.”
Sunil Jhunjhunwala of Sagar Institute of Technology and Management in Barabanki informed, “Through direct admissions, we have got only 2 students out of 100 seats in BPharma. “We are currently exploring alternative methods to fill these unoccupied seats.”
“At Ambikeshwar Institute, the situation is no different,” said RP Pandey, president of the college. Several universities are struggling and some have not enrolled a single student in the first year so far. This dire situation is a consequence of the delay in AKTU’s admission process, which has led students to seek opportunities in other private universities and neighboring states.
In session 2017-18, there were 104 pharmacy colleges affiliated to AKTU. By the 2022-23 session, this number had increased to nearly 400, for a combined total of 31,000 seats. Universities are now urging the AKTU to allow them more flexibility to fill these positions from the outset, rather than imposing delays and subsequently ordering universities to carry out on-the-spot counseling to fill vacant positions.