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Beyond science

Studies at BCAS are not limited to just science subjects, with students also exposed to banking and finance education

education Updated: Apr 17, 2012 13:01 IST
Garima Upadhyay

Applied science colleges are thought to be somewhat dull with zero, or minimum activity on the extra-curricular front. Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences (BCAS), however, defies the norm! “We try to provide holistic exposure to our students. From banking workshops to cultural initiatives, our students get to experience things beyond sciences,” says Dr Jai Prakash, principal BCAS. “It is also important for them to train in banking, finance and capital markets because they are not exposed to these disciplines at all in their academic life. So, we ensure that our students get to make the most of their time while they are here,” he adds.

USP: It is the only college offering an undergraduate programme in polymer science

Faculty: There are about 50 permanent faculty members here

Programmes: The college offers eight bachelor of science (honours) courses catering to diverse subjects. Undergraduate programmes are available in biomedical sciences, computer science, electronics, food technology, instrumentation, microbiology, physics and polymer science. Also, the college offers some add-on courses in Russian, instrumentation etc for students each year.

This is the only college in the University of Delhi offering an undergraduate course in polymer science and one of the only two colleges offering food technology, after Shaheed Rajguru College of Applied Sciences.

IT Quotient: There are dedicated laboratories for its various courses.

Infrastructure: The library is well-equipped, computerised. Research laboratories are top quality and spacious. Top-notch facilities exist for sports and extra-curricular activities. The audiovisual room, amphitheatre and zones demarcated for sports help students and faculty to interact most effectively in the fields of sports, art and culture.

The numerous clubs and societies in the college helpstudents develop their talent. The annual cultural festival, Srijan, is celebrated with great enthusiasm, bringing students together from various colleges in Delhi and NCR. It provides a wonderful platform for the participants to showcase their talent in extracurricular activities.

The library has a collection of nearly 17,000 volumes, including text books, reference books, journals, and magazines. It also has a separate section with 20 computers with free internet access.

Clubs and societies: Most of the departments have their own societies, the interesting ones being DNAmics of the department of biomedical science; CS.net of the department of computer science; Ambrosia of the department of food technology and Pearls of the department of polymer science, to name a few.

Various clubs have been set up for mountaineering and trekking, dance, dramatics and fine arts, films, music, yoga, debate and photography club.

Besides this, the college regularly organises seminars and workshops on diverse themes for its students.

Placements: the college has a robust placement cell that facilitates industry interfac . The cell works in close collaboration with the central placement cell of the University of Delhi.

Studentspeak: the atmosphere in the college is very positive. The faculty is extremely supportive and peer learning is excellent. “Since we are an applied science college, a lot of emphasis is given on practical understanding of theoretical concepts. The laboratories are rich in resources and we are free to use them to the maximum. The lab assistants are also very helpful”, says Saarthak Joshi, a student of BCAS. The college is a part of the no-smoking zone of the University of Delhi.

Factfile
Founded in 1995, the Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences was named after the great Indian mathematician of the 12th century – Bhaskaracharya. This constituent college of the University of Delhi has a state-of-the-art infrastructure and distinguished faculty of scholars trained at leading universities in India and abroad. The college provides quality higher education and offers bachelor of science (hons) in biomedical sciences, computer science, electronics, food technology, instrumentation, microbiology, physics and polymer science – all at par with international standards

Wishlist
I wish we were a part of the north campus, says Saarthak Joshi, a student of BCAS