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Nuts and bolts of vocational courses

HT revisits an interactive workshop on the college admissions process to help students take the right step forward.

delhi Updated: May 12, 2008 13:38 IST

BBS
Can you provide some information about the BBS (Bachelor of Business Studies) course offered by Keshav Mahavidyalaya and Deen Dayal College?
The course was approved by the Academic Council recently The modalities of admission have not been worked out yet. Also, it is subject to approval of the Delhi government.

If approved, Deen Dayal Upadhayay College will take students from the merit list prepared by Sukhdev College of Business Studies. Keshav Mahavidyalaya would also probably do the same. But nothing has been finalised yet. Once the Delhi government clears it, all details will be posted in this newspaper.

Can I appear for BBS or BBE (Bachelor of Business Economics) after a gap of one year?
Yes.A gap year is allowed, but you have to justify what you did during that year. You have to certify that you did nothing during that year, or if you were enrolled in some college, you will have to produce the no-objection certificate from them. A gap year is not a handicap for admission to Delhi University colleges. You can claim it as a matter of right.

Is it possible to still get admission into BBS and BFIA courses?
These are two good professional courses being run in DU, but the admission process is almost over, and the entrance test is being held this Sunday.

The results wn be out by the end of this month. It is only for those students who have applied. Two more colleges will offer BBS course from this year onwards.

Students in the waiting list wn be able to get admission in these two colleges. But if you still want to do a BBS, you can apply to the Jamia Millia University This option is available to almost every student who could not do well in the Class XII, but feels he/she is bright.

BBE
What percentage do I need to be eligible to sit for the entrance exam for BBE?
The prospectus is coming out on May 30. You will need something like 50% or 55% to sit for the entrance. It's a common entrance, and admission is based purely on entrance test. Your aggregate won't matter

You must have English plus Maths and two other elective subjects, but these should be elective subjects and not vocational papers.

Please note that BBE is a separate form and separate prospectus - you cannot apply for it through the common pre-admission form. All courses have their entrance examination. They are not covered under this prospectus or this Bulletin of Information.

From where can one buy the BBE form? What are the prospects for students who study BBE?
BBE is an applied course in Economics. After BBE, you can do MBE and then join the corporate world. Or after BBE, you can compete for MBA in ditfferent universities and institutions.

You can also do a job right after BBE. From June 1 onwards, the form will be available in DU's South Campus as well as in all colleges offering this course.

You have to fill the form attached with the prospectus priced at Rs 400. You have to fill the form and submit it to that very college, which is also likely to be your exam centre. The exam is on June 24. Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce offers this course, and the forms are on sale from June 1.

There are ten colleges offering BBE course. Do all of them conduct common tests? Some colleges offer Economics Honours as well as BBE. So are the entrance tests different for both?
There is a Centralised Admission Test. The basic structure of BBE entrance exam is similar to that of the BBA in different universities.

It is also similar to BBS and BFIA, except that Business Aptitude is not a part of it. There are four topics from which you will be asked multiple-choice questions. These are General Awareness, Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Ability and General English. The exam will be held on June 24, Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

After completing BBE, which is a better choice - MBE or MBA? What are the prospects of BBE?


MBE is a better choice. DU has been running an MBE course for the past 30 years. BBE is in demand now. It is a fine blend of Commerce and Economics and is an applied course. It is a professional course and has the latest curriculum.

Is BBE better than B.Com Honours and Economics Honours?

Eco subjects: In Economics Honours, there is intensive study of Economics with Mathematics. Several subjects are a combination of Mathematics and Economics, like Applied Mathematics, or Mathematical Economics.

Microeconomics is maths based. Macroeconomics is economics-based.

B.Com subjects: In the case of B.Com Honours, there are subjects like Commerce, Law, Management, Economics, IT, Business Communication, Business Ethics and Accounting. There are several papers and it is not difficult. That is why B.Com Honours has become more popular than Economics Honours, though Economics Honours may have more value.

If one wants to do courses like CA or an MBA after graduation, B.Com Honours is a better option. The difference between B.Com Program and B.Com Honours is that under B.Com Honours, it will be specialised and the academic level is going to be higher In the case of B.Com Programme, the papers are same, but the level of difficulty will be relatively less.

BBE subjects: As far as BBE is concerned, it is a blend of Economics and Commerce. That means, here we apply business to economics. BBE is a professional course.

That is why there is an entrance test for it. B.Com Honours or B.Com Program are academic courses. If one wants to do an MBA, it is possible with BBE, B.Com or B.Com Honours also. But if you want to get better placements after completing graduation, then you should go for a BBE.


BBA
No college in DU offers BBA. Which other universities can I approach?
IP University offers it, but the application process is almost over The date for Bharatiya Vidyapeeth University is probably also past.

The BBS programme at Jamia is probably the best option for you.
Other universities provide distance education. For example, there is Hissar University, Guru Nanak Dev, Amritsar University, Sikkim Manipal University.

There are many institutes which can provide you with a BBA through a university of your choice. But a university would charge you only Rs 6,000 or 8,000, while the institute will charge Rs 50,000.

You can also get coaching for difficult subjects. Along with the university-recognised degree, the institutes will also give you their own diploma. But they will charge a very high premium for it.

After doing a BBA, BBS or BBE, if a student is not interested in an MBA, what scope is he left with?
There are several options besides MBA. These options include M.Com, a purely academic course, after which one can teach or get into research.

The student can also try for an MA in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, Jamia, JNU or several other universities. There are some other professional degrees like Master of Business Economics, or MBE.

Then there is MIB, or Master of International Business. It is from the Delhi School of Economics' Commerce Department. Then there is another Masters degree, Human Resource Development, also from the Commerce Department of Delhi School of Economics.

All these professional degrees, and even academic courses at PG level hold entrance tests. M.Sc is another option. If the student has taken a specialization in IT, MCA could also be an option.

MASS COMMUNICATION


I want to do Mass Communication. But only one college in DU offers the course. Will I be narrowing down my own field if I do only Mass Communication for five years - graduation and postgraduation?


The undergraduate course of Mass Communication exists only in one college, and they produce 40 or maybe 50 students.

At the postgraduation level, Mass Communication is available in so many institutions that a graduate will get into a PG course somewhere or the other.

There won't be any students who are not able to do a postgraduation because they couldn't get admission anywhere else.

Hopefully postgraduation will be easily available to you. The other option is to do English (Hons). But if you don't get into postgraduation, what do you do? You can go into journalism, or mass media. There is a lot of opportunity there. The only thing is you have to do is work hard and concentrate on one particular field in Mass Communication.

What is the structure of the entrance examination for MA Mass Communication in Jamia Millia University? Does Media Aptitude comprise a separate paper?
Wherever you apply for such a course, you must build your general awareness. This includes awareness of economics, science and current affairs. Beside this, you must be good at English. Also, your logical reasoning should be strong. This is what is meant by media aptitude.

Apart from this, there may be some questions on editing or translation. The test may be objective or subjective. If it is subjective, you may be asked to write a report. You may be given a current topic or a social or political problem, and asked to comment upon it.

JOURNAliSM
I have 77% in Class XII in Commerce (with Maths). I want to pursue either Journalism (Hons) from Delhi University or Economics (Hons) followed by a one-year course in Journalism from IIMC. Will I get a job right after graduation? Which is the better option?
Both are equally good. Yes, you will get jobs in all forms of media be it print or electronic. While pursuing your graduation, you will also get work experience. It will be better to do Economics (Hons), and then pursue a course in Journalism.

Can I pursue Journalism along with my English Honours? Can i do anadd-oncourse from one college and the main course from different college?
You cannot combine Journalism and English because those are both Honours degree courses. Regular degree courses cannot be pursued simultaneously from the same university or even from difibrent umversities.

But you can pursue certificate courses or add-on courses along with your regular degree course. Add-on courses are those that have been validated by the UGC.

Other certificate courses are offered for three months, or six months, or a year Colleges have chosen to add these to give you a few more options. For example, consider Art Appreciation. The course is open to students of other colleges as well.

An add-on course is like French or German or Spanish - a course that belongs only to that particular college, and often only the students of that college are allowed to pursue them.

But some colleges open these courses to their neighbouring colleges as well. So you can study in one college and take a media course elsewhere.

Is there a common entrance test for BA (Hons) Journalism?
And what kind of questions are asked in the entrance exam? DCAC's website says that they include four sections - essay writing, news writing, English language and English comprehension, is this the same for all colleges?
No, it is different. There are different dates, different formats.

The colleges that offer journalism are Kalindi, Kamala Nehru, Lady ShriRam, Maharaja Agrasen and DCAC. Indraprastha College offers Mass Communications as a course, which covers Media and Mass Communications.

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