The name — College of Vocational Studies —itself speaks volumes about the institution.
It has seven vocational programmes at the Bachelor’s level and five academic. These draw students not only from across India, but also from countries like Afghanistan, Africa, Sri Lanka and Mongolia. “I got an ICCR scholarship to do a Bachelor’s degree here and I like it. Next year, I will go back to my country and work,” says Wahadat Wafa from Afghanistan, a third-year student of BA (vocational studies) with specialisation in HRM (human resource management).
The institute has benefits for students even outside the campus — as it is located in south Delhi’s Sheikh Sarai area, students find it easy to catch a movie at PVR Saket, especially in the morning, as tickets cost less then.
Famous for: Job-oriented programmes. Students get the option of taking up a job immediately after graduation through campus placements.
Programmes: BA (vocational studies) with specialisation in tourism; office administration and secretarial practice; management and marketing of insurance; small and medium enterprises; materials management; human resource management; marketing management and retail business. The college has other programmes, which include BCom (Hons), BA (Hons) in history and economics, BSc (Hons) in computer science, BA (Hons) in business economics, postgraduate diploma in tourism, and postgraduate diploma in book publishing.
Extra-curricular activities: Unlike most other colleges, the CVS is not known for its cultural societies at all — be it debating, dramatics, music or dance. Sports and games, however, are really popular, thanks to the huge playground on the campus.
The basketball, volleyball and football teams are determined to bring glory to the institute in inter-college competitions later this year. “The college is quite supportive of sports, which is why I joined the basketball and the athletics team,” says Paramveer Singh, a first-year student of BA (vocational studies).
Female students, however, have reasons to sulk — there are no girls’ teams in the college. “I have been playing basketball for the past five years and even took part in the inter-zonal competitions at the school level. But here, in spite of our repeated appeal to the management, nothing happens,” says Kanika Arora, a first-year student of BA (vocational studies) with specialisation in management and marketing of insurance.
Infrastructure: Sprawled over 10.15 acres, the college has a fully air-conditioned and computerised library, which has three sections — reference, textbook and general. “This is the best library I have seen in a college,” says Arora.
A spacious seminar room can accommodate more than 100. There is a medical room for any emergency and a doctor visits twice a week.
Found on campus: “Though the college is known for vocational courses, it’s considered good for subjects related to computer science, too. The faculty and labs in our department are quite good,” says Munish Dagar, second-year student of BSc (computer science).
“The quality of faculty should improve. We don’t have an economics teacher for the past three months. Sometimes teachers skip lectures and we are never informed in advance about their absence,” says Madhulika Mathur (name changed), a first-year student of BA (vocational studies)
The College of Vocational Studies was founded in 1972 and is one of the few such institutions in the country. The idea behind the setting up of this college was to bridge the gap between traditional university education and the changing socio-economic environment. Initially, it was proposed that liberal education be imparted here, but this did not find favour with all. Finally, it was recommended that general education and job-oriented studies be intertwined to equip the students with the skills sought after by industry