From the concerns of the environment to the nuances of financial management, students can learn all that and more in the varsity at the degree or diploma level, say principals. There are a number of courses that many principals would like to see on their respective colleges’ list of programmes. “I would like to see courses in financial management, corporate law and financial mathematics being offered to our students in a few years’ time and see a lot of prospective candidates in the same,” says Dr Rajender Kumar, vice-principal, Sri Venkateswara College.
With add-on courses gaining popularity, some principals say their colleges have more such programmes in the pipeline. “We are waiting for an approval on psychology (hons), journalism (hons) and maths (hons) courses from the varsity and the University Grants Commission. As soon as we get a go-ahead, we will run these courses. I would also like to have short-term courses in nanotechnology, creative writing, translation studies, and publishing in my college.
These courses have a high employability quotient and very diversified job prospects,” says Pramodini Varma, principal, Bharati College.
With many industry experts also putting requests with colleges to run specific courses, principals are now mulling specialised programmes that can help find placements for students. “We plan to start a three-month course in peace management, animation and a programme on environment studies in association with Teri. We also have an active placement cell to back these courses and the adequate infrastructure,” says Dr Indu Anand, principal, Janki Devi Memorial College. At the degree level, the college aims to add journalism (hons) and B Ed.
Some heads of other colleges would also like to see more degree programmes being approved. “BSc (computer science), statistics (hons), bachelor of elementary education and maths (hons) are likely to be started from the next academic session in our college. These courses have been in demand for a long time,” says Dr Man Mohan Kaur, principal, Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College.