GUWAHATI CITY

City colleges struggle to retain glory

Face-saving results in the recently announced HS result have shown the fading glory of the metro colleges

GUWAHATI, June 1: Until a few years ago, the colleges standing tall in and around Guwahati city has been the centres of attraction and excellence for higher education. Hence, the usual trend was to flock these institutions of fame from the remote districts of the state for higher learning. However, the gripping controversies, struggles, and the face saving results in the recent HS final examination have shown the fading glory of these colleges. Under this given situation, the top rankers are gradually superseded by the students from those fresh and outskirt colleges situated in the remote areas in different corners of the state.

The degrading landscape of the historic Cotton College (University), pioneering institute for women, Handique Girls College, rank holder producer famed KC Das Commerce College, B Barooah College and the like have shown a gloomy trend in the recent HS final result.

Except the lone 10th ranker of the Cotton College in science stream, Ujjawal Jain and the 9th and 10th rankers, who were Pratiksha Bachyas and Mritika Nath of Gauhati Commerce College, no other colleges could shine from the city. The decline is so grievous that in some of the colleges, even the overall passing percentage has also been equally falling down.

The numbers of passing out students in science stream in B Barooah College was lesser this year in compare to the previous years. However, the result of arts and commerce stream has remained static. Out of 248 candidates in science stream, 204 passed out in 2017. Contrary, out of 248 only 201 students have passed in science stream this year. In arts, 263 students appeared out of which only 239 have passed this year. On the other hand, 116 students appeared in commerce stream out of which only 110 have passed this year in B Barooah College. In Handique Girls College, 80 students appeared in science stream and 79 have passed while 72 students appeared out of which only 70 have passed in arts stream this year.

In Arya Vidyapeeth College, 137 students appeared in arts and only 115 have passed this year. Contrary, 134 students passed out of 206 in arts in the previous year. Out of 131, only 114 have passed in science stream this year while 169 out of 204 students passed in science stream in 2017. On the other hand, only 90 students have passed in commerce stream this year out of 106. In 2017, 72 students passed out of 99 students in commerce. In Guwahati College, 229 have passed out of 307 students in arts, 69 have passed out of 106 in science and 106 have passed out of 122 students in commerce.

In Narangi Anchalik Mahavidyalaya, only 55 students have passed in commerce stream out of 68 students this year.

If this declining trend continues, it can be presumed that these historic and metro institutions of higher education will be abandoned by the young talents of the state. For which, these institutions will continue struggling only to revive their lost glory not to produce the genius they did earlier.