Delhi University (DU) is planning to combine three undergraduate business programmes from the next academic session 2013-14. These are bachelor of business studies (BBS), bachelor of financial investment and analysis (BFIA) and bachelor of arts in business economics (BBE).
“The new course might be named BTech in business administration. There are possibilities that BBS and BFIA will be combined. This was requested by the teachers two years ago as most of the components in these courses are common. As far as BBE is concerned, it might be taken as a Discipline 2 course,” says Umesh Rai, director, south campus, DU.
“The course structure for the four-year undergraduate degree has not been prepared yet and now they are planning this merger. The officials should take a year or so to map everything properly first rather than experimenting,” says Simran Sangal, a Class 12 student. Another Class 12 student, Neeharika Sreedhar, however, feels that if these non-technical undergraduate professional courses are merged, it will work wonders for students. “Cutting down the syllabus for these courses will reduce our burden,” she says.
According to the university officials, the final decision on the merger, syllabus and eligibility criteria of these courses is yet to be taken.
The BBS course is being offered by three colleges — Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, Keshav Mahavidyalaya and Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies (SSCBS) with a total student intake of 275. While BFIA is available only at SSCBS, offering 62 seats, BBE is offered across 10 colleges with 554 seats in all. For now, DU will continue with the entrance test for these courses and the overall intake is not going to be affected by the merger.