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Students protest against DU move to merge business courses

Mallica Joshi, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 25, 2013
First Published: 00:34 IST(25/3/2013) | Last Updated: 03:47 IST(25/3/2013)

A number of students — current and former — are up in arms against the Delhi University’s decision to merge the three business-oriented courses in the university, namely Bachelor in Business Studies (BBS), Bachelor in Business Economics (BBE) and Bachelor in Financial Investment and Analysis (BFIA).

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One of the most sought-after courses in the university, they are now being merged into a four-year degree programme. According to university officials the decision has been taken as a number of subjects taught in the courses are similar. “We are trying to move from specialised knowledge to a more basic knowledge. Since the three courses have a lot in common — as we have been told by professors — we have decided to merge them,” said director, south campus, Umesh Rai, at a meeting where the pros and cons of the new system were discussed recently.

The students however, are a disgruntled lot.

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“The students are the biggest stakeholders as the decision affects them the most. Why were we not consulted? Those who passed out from these courses and are working in top business and finance firms were also not consulted,” said a second-year student, who is part of a group planning to hold a dharna outside the Vice-Chancellor’s office in protest of the decision.

Companies such as Ernst and Young, Deloitte and Jaypee Capital have recruited students from these courses, total seats under which are 891.

“This goes against all principles of rationality and logic,” said the principal of a college that offers the BBE course. A final decision in the matter is likely on Monday.


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