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This college offers job-oriented undergraduate programmes in the sciences and is also gaining an edge by supporting environmental causes reports Vimal Chander Joshi

education Updated: Nov 24, 2010 09:13 IST
Vimal Chander Joshi

Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences does not only ensure its students’ academic advancement, it also gets them job-ready after graduation. All the programmes of this college are industry-centric, giving students a competitive edge over plain BSc graduates. Over and above classroom training, students are also exposed to industry internship during the period.

While offering industry-focused programmes, including biomedical science, polymer science, computer science, instrumentation and electronics; the college helps students make the best use of their three years in college.

After graduating, some take up employment (albeit with not-so-impressive salaries), and others pursue their master’s degree. “Our students prefer postgraduation as it bolsters their career prospects. Entering the job market right after BSc will force them to compete against BTech holders, who are normally given preference over BSc grads,” says Dr Jai Parakash, principal.

Pankaj Bhathija, an alumnus from the first batch of the college who graduated in 1999, still commends the institution for its ‘invaluable’ teaching. “I had got admission in almost all the DU colleges but chose to study at a new college (read Bhaskaracharya) because its BSc programme in food technology was one-of-its-kind and was not offered in any co-ed college. Immediately after my graduation, I even got a job offer during the campus placement session but I went on to study MBA,” says Bhathija, now an assistant vice president - research and analytics at WNS Global Services.

This college is unique in many respects. It has a paper-recycling unit that makes posters, charts and paper bags out of recycled paper.

The students enjoy working in well-maintained laboratories and spending time in the gardens laid out around the college building. While doing a round of the place, this writer saw friends sitting peacefully in the amphitheatre while others were animatedly discussing various topics near the statue of Bhaskaracharya.

Famous for:
Programmes such as food technology, instrumentation and microbiology, which very few colleges of the University of Delhi offer.

This is the only college in the entire country offering a BSc in polymer science.

Programmes:
BSc honours in biomedical science/computer science/ electronics/ food technology/ microbiology/ physics/ polymer science and instrumentation.

Extra-curricular activities:
Though this is a science college and its students find little time for fun and games, the college principal says the college makes available as many extracurricular activities as possible. “We call a yoga instructor every Wednesday to give lessons to the students. There is a mountaineering club, a debating club and a dancing club. Students also organise the cultural festival ‘Srijan’ every year, in which many other colleges participate,” says principal Dr Jai Prakash.

Infrastructure:
The college has a vast campus spread across an area of 12 acres. The library runs into three floors and has a collection of about 15,000 text and reference books, and 200 journals and magazines. There is an amphitheatre and a small hall for events. All 13 departments are well-equipped with well-maintained laboratories, 11 in all.

Found on campus:
“The primary reason of joining this college is its proximity to where I live. Most of the students stay in the neighbourhood, though a few come from other parts of Delhi, too, but they are few and far between,” says Meenakshi Singh, a final year student of BSc (honours) biomedical science.

Wishlist
“Barring the canteen, the college infrastructure is satisfactory. The quality of the food in the canteen and its ambience should improve. Since we are located far away from other colleges, we feel a little isolated. More inter-college activities should be organised to enable us to interact with students from other DU colleges,” says a final-year student

Factfile
The college was named after Bhaskaracharya, the great 12th century mathematician, and was set up in October 1995. It is funded by the government of the National Territory of Delhi and aims to train students in various industry-oriented professional courses such as computer science, electronics, instrumentation, polymer science, biomedical science and food technology