A total of 4,000 students were on Tuesday admitted to different public universities on government sponsorship. The academic year starts in August 2010. The students were admitted to Mbarara, Makerere, Kyambogo, Busitema and Gulu universities. According to the provisional list this paper obtained, majority of the courses have had their cut-off points raised.
Those for Bachelor of Architecture at Makerere were increased from 49.6 to 53 points. Kyambogo increased its Bachelor of Vocational Studies and Agriculture with Education cut-off from 31.9 to 34.2.
Students joining Mbarara on Bachelor of Science in Education are required to have a minimum of 39.5 from last year’s 31.4 while Busitema’s B.Agriculture Mechanisation and Irrigation Engineering has increased from 44.7 to 47.2.
Bachelor of Quantitative Economics at Gulu University has increased from 44.2 to 46.8. Makerere Univeristy’s deputy Academic Registrar Vincent Ekwang attributed the rise in cut-off points to the introduction of new courses at the institution.
30 courses scrapped
Although the university recently scrapped 30 courses, saying they were duplicated, Mr Ekwang said this would not affect admission.
Makerere is working on restructuring academic programmes offered at the institution in order to avoid duplication.
Mr Ekwang said applicants will today be able to know whether they were admitted on government sponsorship through SMS by typing; ADM<SPACE>INDEX-NO<YEAR> and send to 8558.
Another way of finding out is to type; CUT<SPACE>Academic-year<SPACE>Program and sending to 8558.
Of the 4,000 students admitted on government sponsorship, Makerere has admitted 2,000 students. The rest have been shared among the four others.