HL Institute of Commerce (HLIC) seems to have nudged ahead of HL College of Commerce (HLCC) in the admissions for this academic year. A look at the merit lists for the BCom courses of the two colleges, which are housed in the same campus, indicates that the former forms the first choice for students applying for admission.
The cut-off mark for admission to HLIC was 85 per cent in this first list, and 83 per cent in the second; that of HLCC was 77 per cent.
The relationship between the two colleges, which function out
of adjacent buildings, is set to change from this academic term.
HLIC, a self-financed institute under the Ahmedabad Education Society (AES), has been brought under the banner of the newly formed Ahmedabad University. HLCC, despite being under AES management, receives grants from the government and is still under Gujarat University.
HLCC, on account of accepting government grants, charges fees lower than its neighbour and has, till now, been the first choice for students, over the self-financed HLIC.
"We are surprised by the students' response. We were a little sceptical about how they would react to the new trimester system introduced by Ahmedabad University, since other institutes here follow the conventional one-year system," said Parag Patel, vice-principal of HLIC.
But the students have welcomed the new system, which is evident from the merit list, said Patel. "Last year, our cut-off mark in the first list was 83 per cent. This year, it has increased to 85 per cent, which was extended to 83 per cent because of some vacant seats," he said.
An HLCC official on the condition of anonymity said that there has not been any change in the college's cut-off mark as compared to last year. The principal of the college was not available for comment.
Talking about top-ranking students from outside Gujarat applying for admission, MT Patel, principal of HLIC, said, "A girl who secured the second rank in Kolkata has applied for admission. She recently shifted here with her family. We have also received applications from many students who have also applied to Shri Ram College in Delhi. This shows that even students from outside Gujarat are acknowledging the quality of the institute."
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