The Bachelor’s course with honours in management studies has been among the most-after this admission season. More than 22,000 hopefuls have applied for the programme.
The new course, started by Delhi University in six colleges after it scrapped the BBE, BBS and BFIA courses, has generated interest among the aspirants who want to pursue commerce or management.
Last year, 17,000 aspirants had applied for the three courses.
The applicants will have to take an entrance test on June 26. This will be followed by interviews, after which the shortlisted applicants will be allotted to different colleges. There are 840 seats for the BMS course in the colleges.
The varsity’s Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), which is steering the new course, had set up a committee to assess the adequacy of infrastructure and faculty in colleges that applied to start the course. This included the 13 colleges that were previously running either BBS, BBE or BFIA courses till last year.
The committee found only six colleges fit to run the course, a move that drew sharp criticism and allegations of favouritism by the DU administration.
Teachers from SGTB Khalsa, SGND Khalsa and SGGS College of Commerce, meanwhile, submitted a petition to the Dean of Colleges, appealing for rethink of the decision.
“While replacing the courses, an understanding was given to all colleges that BMS course shall be given by default to all the 13 college which have been offering the BBE, BBS and BFIA courses. To our surprise, seven colleges, despite having a strong faculty base, past performance, excellent placement track record and well-established infrastructure have been denied the right to introduce the BMS course for unknown reasons.
It is disheartening to note that discontinuation of this course will make all the teachers of this course surplus and the specific infrastructure created for this course redundant,” the petition submitted by the teachers read.